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Kevin Magnussen Confronts Imminent Race Ban Risk and Advocates for F1 Rule Revisions Ahead of Imola GP

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Kevin Magnussen discusses concerns over potential race suspension and rumors of regulation amendments as he faces a critical penalty point dilemma before the upcoming Imola weekend.

Kevin Magnussen has acknowledged the need to alter his approach to Formula 1 racing due to nearing a potential suspension.

Magnussen has accumulated 10 penalty points during the first six rounds, leaving him just two points short of facing a race suspension.

Since its implementation in 2014, no driver has had to miss an F1 grand prix because they accumulated too many penalty points.

Likewise, no driver has received a suspension from racing since Romain Grosjean did back in 2012.

Magnussen had a challenging weekend during the previous race in Miami, accumulating four penalties in just the sprint race while trying to keep Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at bay.

The Danish driver has faced challenges at the start of the season, frequently battling it out to assist his teammate Nico Hulkenberg in earning points.

Speaking about his penalty point status before the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Magnussen acknowledged that he must alter his driving conduct to prevent incurring a race suspension.

"I believe the next step could be a suspension from racing, so it seems I must," he stated. "However, I'm uncertain. The instances where I've had to assume a supporting position for my teammate have actually been beneficial. It's proven to be somewhat advantageous for us.

"I'm not a fan of the current regulations that allow for this possibility; I wish it were completely out of the question. However, given that these are the rules we have to work with — rules I had no hand in creating — I believe there are aspects that merit further examination."

"As for me, I've accumulated 10 points, so indeed, I need to tread cautiously to avoid being banned from racing."

Magnussen has urged the FIA to revise the method of assigning penalty points, especially given the expansion to 24 races in the F1 schedule.

"I'm facing the possibility of being banned from racing just for going beyond the white lines on the asphalt, which doesn't seem quite fair to me," he continued. "However, those are the regulations as they stand. So, I acknowledge it. Yet, I believe there's potential for betterment in this area, not just regarding the points system.

"The number of races has increased since their inception. It seems to me that one could essentially receive a race ban for something quite trivial. That's my perspective on it."

Magnussen's proposal

The ex-McLaren racer recommended that the FIA should first convey their message and then deliver a verdict to prevent penalties or incidents from becoming a subject of debate.

"He emphasized that the ideal solution would be for the FIA to mandate drivers to relinquish positions when necessary, coupled with strict penalties for non-compliance to ensure adherence. He believes the current system is overly complex and the repercussions too severe. According to him, there should be some leeway for drivers to momentarily exceed limits and then correct their actions without facing drastic penalties such as a drive-through. Drawing from his experience in IndyCar, he praised the straightforward and clear regulations there, which, in his view, enhance the quality of racing."

"The competition must be exceptional among the top 20 drivers globally. It's essential to recognize that being quick is just one aspect of Formula 1 driving; they must also excel in racing tactics. Demonstrating this skill is crucial; it's an integral part of the sport."

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