Kevin Magnussen has picked up his first reprimand of the year for “a potentially dangerous and unnecessary” incident with Charles Leclerc during the first free practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Magnussen, who has been in the spotlight for his driving in recent races, was judged to have moved in front of the Alfa Romeo Sauber driver at Turn 1 by the FIA Stewards and has picked up his first reprimand of the season.

The Haas driver avoided any further penalties for an earlier incident with the Monegasque driver having aborted a lap after receiving a yellow flag caution at Turn 10, while the yellows were withdrawn by the time Leclerc reached the same part of track which meant he continued his lap and felt he has held up by the Danish driver.

Given Magnussen’s explanation to the incident the Stewards decided it was not “Unnecessary Impeding” according to the FIA rules.

Magnussen joins both Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen on one reprimand for the season after they picked up the penalty for crashing into each other at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.  

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Magnussen ended FP1 11th fastest for Haas one spot ahead of Leclerc for Sauber.

 

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