Haas driver Kevin Magnussen faces race ban – and two F1 stars could be next

The Danish driver is on the verge of being banned by the FIA after falling foul of the stewards in Miami

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Haas driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a potential race ban after racking up a record number of penalty points at the Formula 1 2024 Miami Grand Prix.

The Dane fell foul of the F1 stewards on multiple occasions after a tense battle with Lewis Hamilton during the F1 Sprint Race on Saturday, before being slapped with another penalty after he was deemed to have been at fault for the collision that forced Williams driver Logan Sargeant to retire.

It means Magnussen now has 10 penalty points on his FIA superlicence and is just two away from triggering a one-race ban.

FIA rules state drivers are prohibited from accumulating 12 or more points across a 12-month period, and if he receives another sanction at the Emilia Romagna GP in Imola, he will be banned from racing in Monaco.

Kevin Magnussen was hit with six penalties in Miami. Simon Galloway / LAT Images

Magnussen already had five points to his name for tussling Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon in Saudi Arabia and China respectively. But he set a new record for most penalties amassed in one F1 race weekend (six) owing to his overzealous performance in Miami.

The 31-year-old received three penalty points for leaving the track and gaining an advantage on multiple occasions, picking up multiple time penalties totalling 35 seconds in the F1 Sprint.

To add to his misery, he was punished for causing a collision with Sargeant in Sunday’s race, which added another two points to the growing pile.

Perez and Sargeant in danger

In that scenario that Magnussen is suspended from participation, Haas would be forced to call upon their reserve driver, 18-year-old Oliver Bearman, who finished seventh on his F1 debut in Jeddah, to step into the cockpit.

There are two other drivers in danger of picking up a ban too, with Red Bull star Sergio Perez at risk after racking up eight points on his licence.

The Mexican must avoid picking up four more points before September 2024, when one of his past penalties will be wiped from the record, or face the same punishment as Magnussen.

Similarly, Sargeant has eight points on his record after a series of collisions towards the end of the 2023 season, although he may not get the chance to find out with speculation persisting that the American, 23, could be replaced before the end of the season.

F1 2024 Driver Penalty Points

(Correct as of May 7, 2024)

Penalty pointsDriver
10Magnussen
8Perez, Sargeant
7Stroll
6Alonso
4Hamilton, Russell
3Tsunoda
2Bottas, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Zhou
1Ocon, Sainz
0Albon, Gasly, Leclerc, Norris, Piastri
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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