Magnussen calls for rule change as race ban nears


Kevin Magnussen has proposed changing the rules around issuing penalty points as he approaches a race ban.

The Dane currently has 10 penalty points to his name, with the recent Miami Grand Prix seeing five points added to his super licence.

Magnussen engaged in a fierce battle with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton during the speed race and left the track several times before meeting with Logan Sargent during the Grand Prix.

Any driver who scores 12 points within a 12-month period is automatically banned from the next race.

No driver has yet reached the race ban number since its introduction in 2014, with Magnussen upset by the nature of some of his penalties.

Magnussen told media including: “The fact that I am at risk of being pulled over for driving outside some white lines on part of the tarmac, I don’t know if I feel that is right.” Racing News 365.

“But those are the rules, so I accept that. I feel like there is room for improvement there.

“Not just in terms of points you know, there are more races now than when they were introduced.

“You could end up effectively getting banned from racing for something very simple. So that's how I feel.”

Magnussen to change the style of racing

Magnussen maintained that his defensive tactics in Miami were to aid teammate Nico Hulkenberg in his quest for points – a claim the German rejected.

The 31-year-old admitted he will have to adjust his leadership style to avoid being sidelined later this season.

“Next time is a race ban so I guess I'll have to [change my style]Magnussen said.

“Those situations where I had to play a supportive role for my teammates, it paid off, it was valuable for us.

“I don't like the way the rules are, it's possible [to be banned]. I would love for that to not be possible at all.

“But the rules are what they are and I didn't make the rules. So I think there are things to look at there.

“For me, I have 10 points. So I have to be careful not to get suspended from the race.”



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