Formula 1 News: Kevin Magnussen secured his second consecutive points finish for Haas in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, praising the F1 team’s VF-22. But, he admitted that his neck was straining to cope with the car’s downforce.
Kevin Magnussen’s Jeddah weekend got off to a shaky start, as he ended both Friday practice sessions in P20 due to a series of reliability difficulties (below).
Kevin Magnussen took the lead for Haas after his team partner Mick Schumacher crashed badly in qualifying, leaving his vehicle in a solid P10 position on the grid.
Magnussen was one of only three drivers to start the Grand Prix on the hard tires on Sunday evening. Kevin Magnussen’s race strategy appeared to take a hit when a Safety Car was called on Lap 16, allowing the majority of the field to pit.
Formula 1 News: Magnussen lauds Haas’ performance after taking P9 in the Saudi Arabian GP, But says his neck strength was ‘nowhere’
Kevin Magnussen, on the other hand, took advantage of a Virtual Safety Car later in the race, which allowed him to swap tires before racing to P9, his second consecutive points finish in his Formula 1 return.
The thing was, the worst thing that could have happened, did happen, Magnussen quipped after the race. This was because they began on the opposite strategy on the hard tire while virtually everyone else was on the medium. And, the “worst thing” that could have happened was the Safety Car on Lap 16 or 17. And, it came at 16. So, to still get two points was “very good”.
However, he continued saying that the car was “phenomenal” again. It was such a delight to drive. He also said they had a little bit of luck back at the finish when they got the VSC. But, if it had been a Safety Car instead of VSC, everyone would have been condensed and they would have had new tires. And, that would have helped them score large points again.
The car, however, was phenomenal again. Anyway, he said he was “happy”. He was pleased with the team’s performance in bouncing back from difficult circumstances on Friday.
Formula 1 News: Magnussen’s neck is creating a problem in his performance
Magnussen’s neck was one part of him that was not happy. After F1 qualifying, the Dane claimed that he thought his vehicle was fast enough for P5 on the grid, but that his neck strength limitation prevented him from doing so.
With a photo on social media showing his neck extensively wrapped up before the race, the Haas driver revealed the problem. He said he was still struggling with the new F1 cars’ G-forces. He explained that the neck was “nowhere”. And, he is hoping for it to return soon.
Magnussen’s two points were consolation for the squad after Mick Schumacher was unable to start after his Q2 crash. Mick Schumacher informed the media that he felt “fit” enough to compete, but Haas wanted to save parts ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.