Haas' Kevin Magnussen slams 'Formula Fuelsaving' after U.S. Grand Prix disqualification

Annette Crawford
Октября 22, 2018

Esteban Ocon and Kevin Magnussen were disqualified from eighth and ninth place respectively at the United States Grand Prix after Force India and Haas were found guilty of fuel-flow infractions at the Circuit of the Americas, helping Renault's bid for fourth place in the constructors' championship.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has been sailing dangerously close to the wind in terms of penalty points this season, so he will no doubt have breathed a sigh of relief after the stewards handed him "only" one penalty point, in addition to a three-place grid drop for next Sunday's race in Mexico, following his early collision with Sauber's Charles Leclerc in Sunday's US Grand Prix.

The stewards ruled against both teams, who have the right to appeal the decision.

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FIA telemetry data revealed that Ocon's Mercedes-powered auto had exceeded the allowed 100kg/hr fuel flow rate during the opening lap of Sunday's race.

Ocon eventually recovered to put both Force India cars in the points, however the driver and team will be stripped of Ocon's four points.

"If you look at it over the lap there is no infringement, but it depends how you chop up the lap". If you haven't gained an advantage, they do nothing. Those two disqualifications promoted Sergio Perez to eighth and moved Brendon Hartley and Marcus Ericsson into the points-paying positions.

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