Magnussen to Start Bahrain GP on Pit Lane
Kevin Magnussen will start the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix from pit lane for failing to stop at a red light during practice.
Magnussen’s actions violated Article 29.1 iv of the FIA Sporting Regulations.
“The driver failed to stop for weighing during P2 when signaled to do so by the red traffic light, the car was not returned to the FIA garage and work was undertaken,” said a statement released by stewards. “In accordance with Article 29.1 iv of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, the driver is required to start from the pit lane.”
The Denmark native explained that he was following Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat on to pit lane and missed the light, but the stewards did not find that as an acceptable reason not to stop.
The incident occurred during the final stages of the second session on Friday. Magnussen was 16th fastest during the session.
The Renault F1 Sport team driver is making his return to the series after missing last season. He ran the full schedule in 2014 for McLaren Mercedes with two top-five finishes en route to finishing 11th in the championship.
He finished 12th in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
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