In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen admits Haas still has some reservations about its car despite the strong performance shown so far by the VF-18:
What they’re saying
While Romain Grosjean took the ‘best of the rest’ spot yesterday, Magnussen had a few niggling setbacks, one of which included the lining falling out of his crash helmet. Here’s what he said about his Friday:
Even though it a grand prix track and it’s the first race, we’re still cautious because it’s FP2 and not qualifying. But it’s only good that we can see the car is running well and the balance is good in the car.
Neither me nor Romain had a perfect day, particularly myself. I had lots of problems with the car and limited running. The first run I did properly, going out of the pits without pitting straight after and cooling the tyres [but] going straight out and pushing straight away on ultra-soft, the first lap was competitive.
There was a lot more in it. It was my first lap, I didn’t go to the limit of the car at all. That confirms that the car is working again here. It was in Barcelona, it’s working again here, that’s good.
But last year we had some competitive races as well. The inconsistency from last year is what’s making us cautious, now at least. But at least it’s positive so far.
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