Kevin Magnussen is able to compete for a spot within the prime 10 after setting a Haas qualifying report on Friday at Imola.
Magnussen put in a powerful lap at a moist Autodromo Enzo E Dino Ferrari in Friday’s qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Dane up in fourth place.
Having secured Haas’ finest qualifying efficiency ever, he hopes to be within the factors come the top of Saturday’s dash race with the top-eight scoring factors this season.
“It’s not straightforward to overhaul on this observe so I’m hoping I can keep within the prime eight and get some factors,” he stated.
It was Haas’ best-ever qualifying place, and whereas he’d love to make use of it to construct for a win, he concedes they’re “not quick sufficient” for that simply but.
“I need to begin within the good place for the Sunday race,” Magnussen stated as per Racer. “We’re in P4.
“Within the dry, I don’t suppose we’re quick sufficient to be P4, but it surely’s a tough observe to overhaul, so if I can get across the first lap in P4, that’s going to be tremendous.
“If I lose a place or two after that, you realize we nonetheless get factors and a terrific place for Sunday.
“In fact I at all times need to end larger than fourth, however we’ve additionally acquired to be lifelike and intelligent.
“I really feel like I need to push, I’m so near the highest now… You may win from P4! However we’re not quick sufficient to do this.
“We’re in a unique battle — we’ve acquired to recollect what we’re attempting to do and profit from this nice [qualifying] lead to a intelligent approach.”
Even after bringing out a pink flag and narrowly lacking the wall he nonetheless wish to see the moist situations proceed all through the weekend as he felt that his efficiency on the moist compound intermediates was higher than his dry efficiency.
Nonetheless, he thought that his Haas felt actually quick and was trying ahead to seeing it enhance as he settled into it in the long term.
“I’m tremendous happy — it’s one other unbelievable consequence for us. The automotive was simply nice, so quick and a pleasure to drive — so pleased with the workforce.
“We had been extra aggressive within the moist, we made the tires work higher, however within the dry we acquired by way of to Q3 nonetheless in P7.
“They weren’t unbelievable laps from my aspect and we had been nonetheless dialling within the automotive, so it’s very constructive.”