The Haas drivers emerged as the class of the midfield, when the network was set for the first season's first F1 race, Romain Grosjean and Magnussen qualified sixth and seventh behind the two Mercedes, two Ferraris and Max Verstappens Red Bull. 19659002] Magnussen was deeply impressed by the performance and claims that he cannot understand that his car is not the class of the whole field.
"I think generally, all cars are stronger than last year, but you know it's a very good car," he said. "And it's crazy to think that there are other cars that are faster than this because it feels very very fast."
"We have been hoping for our potential, but it is always … you know what it is, it is always a nerve-racking time because you think you know where you are, but then you want to go and prove it on the right track.
"Today we did."
Dane expects he could have matched Grosjean's pace and to admit a mistake in the 3rd quarter cost him a few tenths.
"It was a shot," he said.
"I didn't get everything from what I had and made a big mistake in the 1st quarter, which meant I needed another set [of tyres] to get through.
"This means that you only have one set for the 3rd quarter, which is crazy because we should have been so easy on just one set in the 1st quarter.
" It was my bad and so You make a shot, you only have one shot in the 3rd quarter, and it wasn't too beautiful. "
" I think few tenths easy. I broke too late in Turn 6, luckily the car has a good grip so it changed anyway, came back on power – but I lost a lot of time there. "
Meanwhile, Grosjean was not surprised by Haas impressive show in qualification, revealing the team held some performance on the sleeve on Friday."
"Because we knew we were strong and the car felt good, and yes, we knew how much we had in the margin in the term for using the engine mode, "he said.
" We did a little bit in FP3 just to get top speed and a braking point, but we released everything in qualifier. "
Further reporting by Jonathan Noble
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-19
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