By: Chris Medland |
Kevin Magnussen says the Monaco Grand Prix race performance ruined a perfect weekend for Haas after he failed to score a point.
An impressive qualifying performance saw Magnussen starting from fifth on the grid (pictured), gaining one place as a result of Pierre Gasly’s grid penalty. Although he dropped behind Daniel Ricciardo to run sixth in the opening stint, Magnussen was still on for strong points when he joined the rest of the top six runners in pitting during a safety car period on Lap 10. That relegated him outside of the points on a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake, and limited him to 12th at the checkered flag.
“I don’t really know what happened,” Magnussen said. “I think we have done a very, very good job this weekend. The perfect weekend until the race. So it’s a shame — a big shame — but we’ll see what went wrong.
“I started fifth and finished 12th, so very disappointed with that. The car was flawless, so very disappointed with 12th.”
Team principal Guenther Steiner suggests luck played a part in the Haas result, with Romain Grosjean finishing ninth but being relegated to 10th by a time penalty for crossing the line at the pit exit after his pit stop.
“It was a challenging race for us — almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us,” Steiner said. “It’s Monaco though — I think there were just circumstances that led us to only score one point here. I don’t even want to go into all that happened, otherwise you’d have to write a book about it.
“Obviously, we’re not happy about it, but a lot of people would have been happy getting away with one point. We’re pretty upset about that. What we’re not upset about is the performance of our car, the team and our drivers.
“We got into circumstances we didn’t want to be in, but we know the car is faster than it showed. That’s a good thing to look forward to, and I’m sure we’ll make up for it. Hopefully one day we won’t be unlucky, I’m not even demanding to be lucky — just not unlucky.”