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Magnussen stripped of US GP points finish

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Magnussen stripped of US GP points finish
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Oct 21, 2018, 10:30 PM

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen has been disqualified from the United States Grand Prix.

Magnussen was the sole Haas driver to finish in the points in the team's home race, after Romain Grosjean collided with Charles Leclerc on the opening lap and retired.

The Dane took the chequered flag in ninth after fending off Force India's Sergio Perez, and was due to inherit eighth after Esteban Ocon's exclusion for a fuel infringement.

However, shortly after the Ocon decision was announced, Magnussen was disqualified for a fuel infringement of his own, as his VF-18 had exceeded the allowed fuel limit for the race, breaching Article 30.5 of the sporting regulations.

“The stewards find that the amount of fuel consumed exceeded 105 kg during the race,” the verdict read.

Magnussen's disqualification promotes Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley to his best Formula 1 finish yet in ninth place.

It also hands a point to Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, who crucially held off McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne late in the race for what was then 12th overall.

The decision marks the Haas team's second recent exclusion for a technical matter, after Grosjean was stripped of his sixth-place finish in Italy following a Renault protest into the legality of the Haas car's floor.

While the Grosjean case remains under appeal, Haas now sits 22 points behind fourth-placed Renault in the constructors' standings with three races to go.

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Series Formula 1
Event United States GP
Sub-event Sunday race
Drivers Kevin Magnussen
Teams Haas F1 Team
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy