Formula 1 | Magnussen hopes for another successful Sprint weekend for Haas F1
Back in the points at Silverstone having not won a single top 10 since Australia, Kevin Magnussen is preparing to compete in the second Sprint weekend of the season in Austria. The Haas F1 driver discovered this format at Imola and thinks it could be improved.
“Imola was my first Sprint and the weekend was good: we had scored points in the Sprint and the Grand Prix, so it’s always nice to have a good first experience and I hope we will do the same in Austria. ”
“I watched the race last year, and the question is whether you want to take risks or not during the Sprint. If the final position on the starting grid was not determined by the Sprint but by qualifying on Friday, then you could take more risks in the Sprint without jeopardizing your starting position. This is perhaps the best solution to animate the Sprint. »
Haas F1 achieved its best result at the Red Bull Ring in 2018: Romain Grosjean finished fourth in the Grand Prix just ahead of Magnussen. And the Dane has not forgotten this day.
“It was incredible for the team. To achieve such a result with both cars, when we were a small team with few resources, especially at that time, was great. »
The VF-22 performed very well in the rain in Montreal, and Magnussen admits he would be happy to be on the wet track again this weekend.
“It feels like having a competitive car in the rain, so naturally we hope to have rain all the time. I did a lot of karting in the rain when I grew up in Denmark, but I don’t think that’s it. Something. »
The Danish driver is also counting on the versatility of his single-seater this weekend, while Austria will offer a different challenge to that of the circuits previously visited.
“We haven’t yet been able to see if this type of circuit is favorable to us or not, our car seems to perform well on all the tracks, it’s more a question of the tyres. In Melbourne, if there is one area in which we were not competitive, it was the tyres, it is sometimes difficult to predict what the right operating window will be. »