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Magnussen also excluded from United States GP

2018 United States Grand Prix

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Haas driver Kevin Magnussen has been disqualified from the result of the United States Grand Prix.

After hearing from the team, the stewards ruled Magnussen exceeded the maximum fuel consumption limit of 105kg during the course of the race. The Haas driver was originally classified ninth.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting said Magnussen exceeded the limit on the final lap of the race.

Esteban Ocon has also been disqualified from the race for a fuel infringement. Together with Magnussen’s exclusion this means Sergio Perez moves up to eighth place wiuth Brendon Hartley now ninth and Marcus Ericsson 10th.

Haas has the right to appeal the decision.

This is the second time this year a Haas driver has been disqualified from a race. Romain Grosjean was thrown out of the Italian Grand Prix result after his car’s floor was found to violate the rules. The team’s appeal against that decision will be heard on November 1st.

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  • 22 comments on “Magnussen also excluded from United States GP”

    1. I wonder whether Haas allowed Magnussen to spend too long in too aggressive an engine mode in the battle towards the end of the race, believing that they were all going to be lapped by the leaders. When that didn’t happen, they would have had one more lap to do and insufficient fuel with which to do it legally.

      1. That totally makes sense.

    2. Its a bit slapstick.
      K-Mag was chasing Ocon. Had he just let him go, he’d have been given the place following Ocon’s penalty!

    3. Already looking forwards to the “stats & facts” article… I wonder when was the last time two drivers were disqualified for technical infringements in the same race!

      1. Australia 2011 is the last one that jumps to mind.
        2x Sauber DSQs for rear wings failing scrutineering tests.

        Will be interesting to see the stats page to see if some more recent example can be found.

        1. Ah but when was the last time two drivers from different teams were disqualified for the same infringement?

          1. It was not the same infringement.

            1. Ah, I thought it was. Nevermind.

            2. They were both fuel infringements. Ocon used too much fuel over the course of a single lap and K Mag used too much over the course of the race. They’re still going to be classified as fuel infringements, making them the same.

              Don’t play semantics. If the right front is loose after a pit stop, then it’s a tire/safety. If the left rear, it’s a tire/safety. Same thing.

            3. @neiana What?
              One used to much power and the other ran out of fuel.
              Magnussen probably used the overtakebutton to much and Ocon ran an illegal engine mode.
              Its completly different issues.

    4. I’m not one to normally lament the death of F1 at the hands of the FIA, but what a way to sap some of the electricity from the best race of the season.

    5. Kevin! How could you?! F1 is trying to save the environment here and you went and burnt an extra kilo of fuel! I want you to think about what you did before we all jet off to Mexico. I mean, we want you to race, but not that fast! That’s just crazy..

      1. Funny :-)

      2. Haha too good

      3. It was only 0.1 kilo :)

    6. Haas are to be congratulated for embracing the F1 modus operandi, no wonder they got up to speed so quickly. More seriously though, how is it that they started a race carrying excess baggage in the form of fuel ?

      1. @hohum – they have the 105 kg limit for lights to flag, but may also be fuelled up a tad more for the warm up lap, cool down lap, and scrutineering sample. So, it doesn’t mean they should carry a maximum of 105 kg, just that should only use only that much during the race.

        Running under the VSC would also not have contributed as much fuel saving as a proper safety car period. Even so, I am surprised at this, I thought teams had a handle on this given the absence of similar infringements since early 2014.

        To your question, I’m surprised there is an engine setting that allows a fuel flow higher than allowed by the regs. If anything, I’d have thought there’s good reason for that to be limited by the engine mapping, since there’s never a reason for running an engine with higher fuel flows in a race (or is there?).

        1. Even so, I’m amazed that so many cars were even fueled to the limit, given the normal wisdom is to fuel light so you can start fast and then make it up where you can. There is a max fuel flow rate limit per the rules, which is why rpms are so low. I suppose with this track now having three straights in practice with the higher grip and df, fuel became an issue.

          1. I suppose with this track now having three straights in practice with the higher grip and df, fuel became an issue.

            @dmw – that’s a good point. Plus, the team might have assumed that with its vast runoffs, the likelihood of a lengthy safety car period were unlikely (hence a lower chance of fuel saving).

    7. We have a sport which teams spend millions to compete in….then we have practice where no one dares to run as there are not enough tyres for the weekend if it rains…..and now if we have to fuel save, we cannot in the race go flat out as we will use too much fuel and be disqualified…so its not really a race…..Yes its the same for all teams….but its all wrong
      Please can we arrange an injection of common sense

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