Magnussen found his Imola battles ‘annoying’

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Magnussen found his Imola battles ‘annoying’

Kevin Magnussen didn’t share the followers’ enthusiasm for the duels that occurred within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – as he was typically the one being overtaken.

The Dane was working fifth early in a moist begin to the race at Imola after being a beneficiary of the collision between Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz, through which Valtteri Bottas additionally unwittingly turned concerned.

Their travails meant Magnussen jumped from his grid place of eighth to fifth, however that was nearly as good as issues bought for the Haas driver as he step by step slipped backwards throughout the course of the race.

First to go him was George Russell within the Mercedes on lap 12, adopted by the recovering Bottas within the Alfa Romeo two laps later.

Having subsequently admitted his pit-stop for medium slick tyres had been barely later than preferrred, and in addition a contact on the sluggish facet, Magnussen was undercut by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.

That dropped him all the way down to eighth, and his eventual ending place was ninth – however worthy of two factors – as he was additionally overtaken by Yuki Tsunoda on lap 48 because the AlphaTauri driver charged his manner as much as seventh by additionally getting previous Vettel.

At occasions it was not probably the most entertaining grand prix, even when DRS was belatedly enabled on lap 34 of 63, however Magnussen was irritated that he was the autumn man in among the motion the spectators did see.

“Perhaps [they] had been good to look at, however they had been annoying for me as a result of I used to be being attacked and overtaken,” Magnussen informed Viaplay of his on-track battles.

“It was a kind of weekends once I was defending on a regular basis as a result of we bought ourselves in a great place in both qualifying or the primary lap in the primary race, so I don’t suppose we might have gotten far more.

“With the proper pit-stop I might have been most likely P8, however anyway that’s what we bought and we’ve bought to be proud of that.”


Magnussen admitted the “late” pit-stop to which he had referred in a separate interview had really been his name.

“We had been maybe somewhat too sluggish to react,” stated the 29-year-old, who now has 15 factors since his return to the Haas staff this 12 months to take a seat tenth within the Drivers’ standings.

“I informed the staff to not be too quick [to change to slicks] as I didn’t need to threat something as we had been in a great place at that time.

“That was perhaps the mistaken name as we ended up getting undercut, however we dwell and study.”




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