Magnussen escapes grid penalty for unsafe release

Date published: March 16 2019

Haas fined €5,000 after Kevin Magnussen's unsafe release in qualifying for the Aussie GP

HaasKevin Magnussen will not be hit with a grid penalty, the FIA have confirmed, after his unsafe release in qualifying.

The Danish driver will hold on to P7, but the team were fined €5,000 after their man blocked Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.

Fortunately, despite Magnussen swooping out of his garage in front of the Mexican, both drivers avoided contact.

The American outfit will once again start the Australian GP in promising positions, with Romain Grosjean just ahead of his team-mate in P6.

Mercedes were the talk of the day however, with both drivers shattering the one-lap record around Albert Park.

Lewis Hamilton would ultimately snatch pole, six tenths clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in P3.

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