Despite scoring a point in the Monaco Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen admitted he was disappointed it wasn’t a better result, with a mid-race puncture forcing him into an unscheduled pit stop.
The Haas F1 Team driver rued the puncture, which came only five laps after his planned switch from the Ultrasoft to Supersoft tyre, but thanks to the late retirement of Daniil Kvyat and the pit stop for Sergio Perez, he was able to move back into the top ten, and ensure the first ever two-car points finish for his team.
Magnussen knew it was important not to give up despite having the puncture, and trailed Felipe Massa to the chequered flag, although he was unable to find a way ahead of the Williams Martini Racing driver.
“Personally, I had a very disappointing race,” said Magnussen. “I had a puncture, but to still finish in the points with both cars is a really good job from the team. They really deserve this. I’m happy we got it.
“Even though it’s just one point, it could’ve been a lot more. I feel like I’ve had the most unlucky season of my life, but at least today we got both cars in the points and I’m proud of the team for that.
“It’s Monaco, and a lot of things can happen. There’s no reason to give up, you still push, and that’s what I did. I kept pushing.”