Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Albert Park, 2019

Magnussen thrilled by Haas performance despite “s*** lap” in Q3

2019 Australian Grand Prix

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Kevin Magnussen hailed Haas’s new car for the 2019 F1 season after qualifying seventh for the Australian Grand Prix despite making several mistakes on his lap in Q3.

“It was a shit lap,” Maagnussen admitted. “I didn’t get at all out of it what I should have.”

The Haas driver found himself on the back foot in Q3 because of another mistake earlier in the session.

“I made a big mistake in Q1 that meant that I had to use another set to get through. And then it means you have only have one set for Q3, which is crazy because we should have been so easily through on just one set in Q1. So that was my bad. And then you do a lap, you only have one shot in Q3, and that wasn’t too pretty.

Magnussen said he lost “a couple of tenths, easily” on his Q3 run. “I braked too late in turn six, luckily the car has good grip so I was able to just turn in anyway and get back on power but I lost quite a lot of time there. Sector three was good, though, made some time back.”

[mpuzweeler01]He will start one place behind team mate Romain Grosjean. Magnussen praised the job the team has done with the VF-19.

“I think the car is pretty good. Very happy with this starting point and the and the car that the team’s given to start the season,” he said.

“Over the winter it’s been a big challenge with these new regulations. It’s incredible that the team is able to keep it up and be as competitive as we are today.”

“Generally I think all the cars are stronger than last year, but it’s a very good car,” he added. “It’s crazy to think there are other cars that are faster than this.”

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7 comments on “Magnussen thrilled by Haas performance despite “s*** lap” in Q3”

  1. Haas seem to start seasons on a high. Let’s hope they can keep up this momentum.

  2. I’m probably biased as I’m a Dane, but I love Magnussen’s honesty here. “Car was amazing, I was rather terrible”.

    Unfortunately, there was also too much of that in too many qualifying sessions last year, I’m hoping he can turn it around this year.

    1. I’m just glad he was given a second chance after the McLaren mess. He’s a good driver and the grid needs it’s characters.

    2. @losd
      Yup, MAG’s been a very straight up guy. Doesn’t try to sugarcoat things and making up excuses for himself.

  3. What’s the point of bleeping the title and keep the swear word in plain text in the article? :-)

    1. The title (and sometimes the first sentence) goes to lists in newsreaders and other aggregators, maybe some of them are not fans of swearing.

  4. All these doomsayer journalists declaring Haas are going to have a ‘harder time of it’ this year. Not going by this performance, which matches the team’s grid positions from last year. What’s more, Haas’ gap to P1 is in excess of 0.6 seconds smaller than at the same race in 2018.

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