These incidents have resulted in Magnussen’s penalty points creeping up to a total of 10. A driver who receives 12 points within a 12-month period will be given a race ban, meaning that Magnussen is increasingly at risk of this punishment.

Asked ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix if he will adjust his driving in order to avoid this, Magnussen answered: “The next time is a race ban, so I think I’ll have to, but I don’t know. I think these situations where I’ve had to play the support role for my team mate, they have been paying off. It’s been kind of valuable to us.

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“I don’t love the way the rules are, that it’s possible [to get a race ban] – I would love it to not be possible at all. But since the rules are as they are – I didn’t make the rules – I think there’s stuff to be looked at there. From myself I’m on 10 points, so I have to be careful not to get a race ban.”


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