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Massa and Magnussen Hit with Reprimands After Japanese GP Qualifying

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen have been reprimanded for failing to return to the pits in a reasonable time during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Both the Williams and Renault drivers took longer than the maximum permitted time between the pit exit and entry set by the FIA leading up to the event.

Massa faced the hit in Q2, while Magnussen’s came in Q1 – the first reprimand for both drivers.

Massa will start 12th for Sunday’s race, six spots up of Magnussen in P18.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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