Spanish Grand Prix – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen claimed a brilliant, if lonely, P6 on Sunday at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Magnussen had a thoroughly straightforward race on Sunday. Starting from P7, he maintained his position at the start and moved up to P6 when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen retired on Lap 26.
Finishing 40 seconds behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, and almost 40 seconds clear of P7 Carlos Sainz, Magnussen’s race was very lonely, but he couldn’t hide his delight at single handedly taking Haas to 19 points and to P6 in the Constructor’s Championship:
“I had a really good start. I was alongside the Red Bulls, but I didn’t really want to fight them as I knew they were much faster. My job was to stay in seventh and settle down from there. I was able to defend well, keep out of trouble on the first lap, so I was happy. It’s been a strong performance and I think we deserved to get the kind of points we’ve scored in Bahrain and here.
We should be able to score points at every race, and we have had the car to do that, we’ve just had some mistakes and mishaps that meant we didn’t score points regularly. It’s good to get some good points on the board. I’m happy we’re back more in our deserved position in the constructors’ championship, as well. We just need to keep this level up and continue to score regularly.”