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Kevin Magnussen

Poll: Should Magnussen serve a race ban if he reaches 12 penalty points?

Let us know your thoughts in the latest RacingNews365 poll - based on Kevin Magnussen being on the cusp of a Formula 1 race ban.

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Kevin Magnussen is on the verge of testing an untried rule within F1's sporting regulations for the first time.

Since the superlicence points system came in, so have penalty points with drivers awarded points on their licence for offences committed on track, much like you would on the public roads.

12 points within a 12-month rolling period is the threshold to trigger a ban, with no driver in F1 having reached that mark - but Magnussen has got closest of any driver.

After a penalty-laden Miami Grand Prix weekend in which he picked up 65s worth of time penalties, he also got five penalty points, three for his driving in the sprint and two for the collision with Logan Sargeant that led to the safety car.

There have been calls in recent years for the FIA to tweak the penalty points system to more accurately reflect the number of races on the calendar.

For example, in 2014, the first year of the system, there were just 19 races and no sprint events.

In 2024, there are 24 grands prix and six sprint, but no changes are in the works.

Magnussen's next batch of points are not due to be removed from his record until March 2025, meaning, given his aggressive driving style, and events unseen, it is possible he will reach the 12 point mark and become the first driver to trigger a race ban.

But do you think he should be banned, or should the penalty points system be updated to reflect the modern calendar?

Let us know in the comments section and by voting in the poll below!

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