Magnussen frustrated by "unpredictable" Haas

03-09-2019 13:18
by Adam Newton
F1 News
Magnussen frustrated by unpredictable Haas

Kevin Magnussen admits that he felt "hopeless" on his first stint during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix as he continued to struggle with Haas' difficult tyre management.

The Dane ran in P7 early on in the race but it was clear he was not going to be able to hold the position for long, and was soon out of the top ten following a flurry of overtakes on him.

Despite a better feeling following his pit stop, Magnussen was unable to recover enough to score points, eventually coming home in 12th.

He said in Haas' post race press release: “The first stint on the C3 tires felt terrible, there was absolutely no grip and we were just falling down and getting overtaken all the time.

"I actually made the wrong call to stay out a bit longer on that tire, that was so bad because I felt it was hopeless, so we might as well just wait for a safety car or something like that. I felt that was my only chance to come back.

"Then when we eventually did pit for the C2 yellow tire, the car just came alive and completely back to normal and felt very good again. It’s so unpredictable and you don’t know what to expect.”

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