Magnussen frustrated with lack of COTA qualifying pace

Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Renault Sport Formula One Team

Kevin Magnussen felt he is out of position on the grid for the United States Grand Prix after struggling in qualifying, with the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver set to start from eighteenth on the grid.

The Dane was baffled to why the pace the team showed during Friday’s running disappeared on Saturday despite not making any set-up changes, which resulted in the lowly grid slot, especially compared to team-mate Jolyon Palmer who will start fifteenth.

Despite the qualifying struggles, Magnussen still believes he can fight for a good result on Sunday, with points not out of the question on a track that it’s possible to overtake.

“We didn’t qualify where we expected today so that’s pretty frustrating,” said Magnussen. “Yesterday the car felt pretty good so we didn’t make any set-up changes, yet the car felt very different out on track.

“Where we were strong yesterday we weren’t today so we definitely need to work out what’s going on. Hopefully we have decent pace in the race as it’s a circuit where you can overtake here, it’s not impossible to still get a reasonable result.”