Kevin Magnussen trialled a new floor for the Haas F1 Team and placed seventh fastest in first practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday, but was confused to why the pace showed in the morning did not translate into a strong running in the afternoon.
The Dane set a best time of 1:23.670s during the morning session to give Haas a good start to the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, but could only improve to a 1:23.007s in the afternoon, which left him down in fifteenth position.
Magnussen will be hoping that they can solve what difficulties they had in FP2 to move forward on Saturday, and ultimately have a good weekend.
“We had a good morning and got some good data on the car,” said Magnussen. “There wasn’t really much useful learning in FP2. The track was very different and the car wasn’t behaving as expected. We’ll look into that and hopefully improve it for Saturday.
It’s not quite clear yet why we were happy this morning and not in the afternoon. It was a lot windier this afternoon, but then that was the same for everyone.
“We looked less competitive and we need to try and understand that. Hopefully, we can get back to where we know we should be.”