Magnussen penalised for Alonso move
24 August 2014 – Formula 1 rookie Kevin Magnussen has been given a 20-second time penalty after his fierce battle with Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix, dropping him to 12th and outside of the points-paying positions.
Magnussen finished Sunday's race in sixth place after a mammoth scrap involving Ferrari rival Alonso, McLaren team-mate Jenson Button and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel – the latter coming out on top with a late move.
But Magnussen was deemed to have forced Alonso off the track on the Kemmel straight as the pair scrapped.
"The driver of car 20 was defending his position on the straight between turns 4 and 5, a significant portion of car 14 was alongside car 20. The driver of car 20 did not leave enough space for car 14 and forced the car off the track," explained a statement issued by the stewarding panel, which this weekend includes Emanuele Pirro.
In addition, two penalty points have been applied to Magnussen's licence, increasing his total to four.
Button, Alonso, Sergio Pérez and Daniil Kvyat gain places, while Nico Hülkenberg moves into the points.