Magnussen keen to build momentum after P6

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Magnussen keen to build momentum after P6

Formula 1

Magnussen keen to build momentum after P6


Kevin Magnussen wants to build on his current career momentum after securing his second top-six finish in four races at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Although he missed out on a big result in Australia as Haas suffered pit stop errors, Magnussen bounced back with fifth place in Bahrain and followed that up with sixth on Sunday in Barcelona. Another point in China means he has scored all 19 of Haas’ points so far this season, excelling at the start of his second season with the team.

Asked if his current form is the best he has enjoyed in his F1 career, Magnussen replied: “Yes, it is.

“I am gaining in experience as I had one year out of Formula 1 straight after my first season and getting back in a difficult situation. So now I want to build momentum and I have a good car, which helps to build even more momentum. This weekend we’ve been, in our league, at the front and only the top three teams are out front.”

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-18 Ferrari, leads Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18, Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37 Ferrari, Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33 Renault, and Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11 Mercedes during the Spanish GP. (Image by Sam Bloxham/LAT Images)

While his own form has been impressive and the car has been quick, Haas hasn’t always capitalized and currently sits sixth in the constructors’ standings, 22 points behind Renault in fourth, with McLaren only a point adrift of the French manufacturer.

“We are behind in terms of the points and those guys will be running new stuff on the car all the time. We are going to put some stuff on but not at every race  a couple of packages maybe one or two times during the year and hope that they are good. We have something coming for Montreal and we hope that will give us something.”

The performance this weekend was in stark contrast to Magnussen’s race in Baku where he was criticized for high-speed contact with Pierre Gasly, and the Dane believes he is learning from such incidents.

“I seem to have ended up in some trouble lately but I think sometimes you get into bad momentum in terms of having incidents with other drivers. I’m not intending it to happen I just feel I’ve made some small errors and been a bit unaware and ended up in this situation. We are performing well and scoring points, which is the most important thing.”

-Chris Medland