After having completed fifth within the Bahrain Grand Prix, one other robust drive noticed Kevin Magnussen finish the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in ninth place, and the Dane was fast to reward the efficiency of his VF-22.
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Kevin Magnussen has hailed his Haas automobile as “phenomenal” after coming dwelling ninth within the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, scoring factors for the second time in as many races.
After solely being confirmed to make his F1 return lower than two weeks earlier than the beginning of the 2022 marketing campaign, Magnussen completed fifth within the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, marking the American-led workforce’s greatest end result since Austria 2018.
Regardless of technical points limiting his Friday operating, Magnussen was aggressive once more in Jeddah, making it by to the highest 10 shootout in qualifying and operating competitively within the race, although an ill-timed Security Automotive interval value him time relative to others.
“The worst factor that would occur to us did occur, as we began on the alternative technique, on the Exhausting tyre,” mentioned Magnussen in his post-race debrief.
“Virtually everybody else was on Mediums and the worst factor that would occur was a Security Automotive on Lap 16 or 17, and it occurred on Lap 16.
“To nonetheless get two factors is excellent and the automobile was phenomenal once more, it is such a pleasure to drive.”
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Why Digital Security Automotive was no assist for Magnussen
Magnussen admits that he had a slice of fine fortune later within the race, as he dived into the pits for contemporary tyres simply earlier than the pit lane was closed throughout a Digital Security Automotive interval.
In the end, although, this didn’t have a major bearing on his end result.
“We did get a bit of little bit of luck again on the finish with the VSC, however had that been a Security Automotive slightly than a VSC, everybody would’ve been condensed and with new tyres we’d have scored large factors once more,” rued Magnussen.
“The workforce has accomplished a implausible job and we bounced again from a tough scenario on Friday, so I am blissful.”
Magnussen’s robust drive was in stark distinction to the weekend of teammate Mick Schumacher, who was unable to take the beginning after crashing closely throughout qualifying.
Having scored solely three championship factors throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Haas have already got 12 factors after simply two races of 2022, and the workforce at the moment sit fifth within the Constructors’ standings.