Massa and Magnussen handed reprimands after qualifying
After being called to the FIA race stewards office at Suzuka, Williams driver Felipe Massa and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen were slapped with reprimands for incidents they were involved in during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The pair were adjudged to have driven too slowly back to the pits during slowdown laps, Magnussen at the end of Q1, with Massa’s offence occurring at the end of Q2.
The rules states that drivers are not to exceed a maximum time between the safety car line at pit exit and the safety car line upon entering the pitlane.
The stewards reported in a steatment: “As no driver was impeded, the Stewards consider a reprimand to be sufficient in this case.”
Massa qualified 12th, while Renault’s Magnussen was 18th.
Magnussen said, “You have a maximum time you can take to do one lap and I was just a little bit over that. You do but we forgot to activate it. We usually have reminders and stuff but somehow we didn’t do it. It’s not a big mistake.”