Magnussen: “It’s normal for me to fight to keep people behind these days”

by Ed Spencer

Kevin Magnussen was left dissapointed after his second retirement of the season at Monza which saw the Dane struggle with the temperamental Haas VF-19.

In what completed a miserable weekend for Magnussen which saw him miss out on Q3, the Dane struggled from lap 1 with the Haas unable to keep up with its midfield rivals in the points race, in what was yet another tough race day for the American team before the Dane had an early bath on lap 43 with a hydraulics failure.

“I had a hydraulic problem, in the end, so we had to retire, unfortunately, until then, it had been going okay. I was fighting to keep people behind, which is normal for me these days.”

In what was a trying weekend for the Haas team which saw both cars finish outside of the points, Magnussen had reasons to be cheerful as his Haas did remain in the points for some of the race before Haas suffered a mid-race slump which caused Magnussen to fall down the order after the pitstops.

“On the positive, we were in the top ten from beginning to end – of our race at least. It wasn’t a true picture but at least we were going for it. It looked like we could do something, but obviously, I’m gutted we had to retire at the end.”

Magnussen leaves Monza in sixteenth place in the driver’s standings as the series heads to Singapore for the first of the flyaway races where Magnussen’s best finish has been a pair of tenth place finishes in 2014 and 2016.

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