Kevin Magnussen: “We are not as strong as we expected”

by Paul Hensby

Kevin Magnussen was unable to advance out of the first phase of qualifying at a damp Silverstone on Saturday afternoon, with the Haas F1 Team racer unable to better seventeenth, although he will start sixteenth when Fernando Alonso takes his grid penalty.

The Dane admitted his disappointment that he was not able to show the kind of speed that his team-mate did, with Romain Grosjean making it through to the top ten shootout, and Magnussen was baffled to why the pace was not there.

Despite this, he feels that the race pace will be much better, and he is hoping to progress up the field on Sunday, with a points finish the aim.

“The car wasn’t too far off in the wet from where we were in the dry,” said Magnussen. “We are not as strong as we expected. We need to look at why that is and try and understand it.

“Our race pace looked much better, but in qualifying over one lap, it wasn’t very competitive this weekend, which is a shame. The positive is that the race pace is good and that’s what we need to be quick. We’ll see what we can do.”   

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