Magnussen hoping to emulate previous results at Sochi


Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team) often goes well at the Russian GP. Credit: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen is hoping for another good race in Russia this weekend, having finished in the top ten on both his previous visits to the Sochi Autodrom.

“I think it’s a good track and I’ve had some good races there. Hopefully, I can have another good one there this year.”

Having joined the American squad for 2017, the Dane has had a mixed bag of results so far, with DNF’s in Australia and Bahrain, but a strong eighth place finish in China. Despite the two non-finishes however, the Dane feels he is learning more about the car with every race.

“I think you learn every weekend more and more about the car. You get a better understanding overall, which is going to help everywhere.”

Magnussen’s favourite feature of the Sochi Autodrom is its high-speed corners, although turn three, the fastest of them all is also the part of the track he finds most challenging.

“I like turns six, seven and eight as they’re high speed.

“Turn three is a bit hard for your neck, it goes on and on. It can be a little bit tiring on your neck.”

After a positive two days testing in Bahrain following the last grand prix, the Haas F1 Team will be hoping to put the improvements trialled during that time to good use in Russia this weekend, and bring both drivers home in the points.

With a tight battle developing between the midfield runners, the American squad have every chance of coming out on top and snatching a positive result.