Kevin Magnussen was left pondering what may need been on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as he misplaced out within the pit-stop section.
However the Dane nonetheless thought of it a “respectable weekend” as he added three extra factors to each his personal and Haas’ tally, having scored all 15 the group have on the board this season.
The primary a kind of at Imola got here through the dash, which Magnussen began a wonderful fourth however completed eighth because of the uncommon selection of medium tyres moderately than softs – he admitted that had confirmed to be the improper name.
Nonetheless, with the entire subject beginning the grand prix on intermediates because of the moist build-up, he made good early progress and was working fifth.
Handed by George Russell and Valtteri Bottas on laps 12 and 14 respectively, nearly the entire subject stopped for medium tyres between laps 18 and 20 as situations dried up however Magnussen was among the many final to take action – and located himself undercut by Sebastian Vettel, then was additionally handed by Yuki Tsunoda on lap 48.
That meant the 29-year-old completed ninth and scored two factors, effectively forward of his team-mate Mick Schumacher who spun twice.
Nonetheless, it may doubtlessly have been higher if Haas had executed the one key technique name extra adeptly.
“We scored factors once more, on each Saturday and Sunday, in order that’s a great weekend – though nonetheless once we certified P4 the hopes had been very excessive at first of the weekend,” Magnussen instructed Formula1.com.
“However we’ve to be practical as effectively and getting away with factors in each the dash and the primary race, that’s an honest weekend.
“Initially of the race on intermediates I acquired as much as P5 and the tempo was fairly good, after which the monitor dried up and we had been a bit late to return in for slicks so we had been undercut by a few folks.
“I had a gradual pit-stop as effectively and didn’t actually nail that a part of the race, however nonetheless got here out and fought for factors and scored two – three over the weekend, fairly respectable.”
Group principal Guenther Steiner added: “We might have wished to have gotten somewhat bit extra however after 4 races, and three with factors, we took one thing house and I feel there may be extra to return.
“Kevin was preventing arduous, was going effectively on the wets after which on the dry tyres we had been simply not quick sufficient for the others.
“We scored three factors over the weekend, so we have to preserve working and get ourselves in place to be on the different finish of the midfield, not on the again.”