Kevin Magnussen: “I think this was a good race”

Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Kevin Magnussen finished the European Grand Prix in fourteenth for Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

The Dane initially qualified in twenty-first at the Baku City Circuit ahead of team-mate Jolyon Palmer but after a five place grid penalty following a gearbox change, he had to start the Grand Prix from the pit lane, as he was unable to take his whole penalty on the grid.

Renault had different tyre strategies for their drivers with Magnussen starting the Grand Prix with a new set of the Supersoft compound. On lap six, he changed to the Soft compound which lasted him until the end of the fifty-one lap race. In terms of what the Enstone-based outfit achieved out of the Grand Prix, Magnussen was happy with his results.

“I think this was a good race in terms of what we got out of it,” said Magnussen. “We qualified second to last, started from the pit lane and finished fourteenth; that’s not too bad.

“We learnt about the car in some extreme areas of the set-up, which is good. The main thing to take away from this weekend is how the team kept their cool and stayed positive.

“They are winners; they have been world champions many times, so for them to qualify on the last row is very tough. And yet, you can see, their reaction has been strong.”