Kevin Magnussen I do not think that the result could be betterApril 14, 2019
Kevin Magnussen and Roman Grosjean reached the final qualification in China, but could not pass the decisive attempt – not enough time. The team expects to earn points in the race …
Kevin Magnussen (9th): “It’s good that we managed to reach the final of qualification, but it’s bad that we failed to make a single fast lap. All at the same time went out of the boxes, and I was a little late, missing six or seven cars. As a result, I did not have time to start the circle before the end of the session, as I was the last in the queue.
I do not think that the starting position would be much higher if I passed the circle, but I wanted to try. At least we saved several sets of tires for tomorrow. I can not say that I am optimistic about Sunday, but I still hope for a good result. ”
Roman Grosjean (10th): “I am not very pleased with my first attempt in the second part – I made a mistake in the eighth turn and did not finish the circle. When you have only one chance, and in the middle of the peloton, the breaks fit into two tenths of a second, this puts serious pressure. But we did a good job and added in comparison with Friday.
As for the third part of the qualification, it seems that we did not synchronize our watches with the Chinese time.
On Friday in the long series the Renault racers were very fast – let’s see if we can keep up with them. We have a good position. Of course, there is nothing good that we could not show the time in the third part, but the alignment at the start reflects the speed of the cars this year. “
Gunter Steiner, team leader: “The positive results include the fact that both cars made it to the final qualification in all three first stages of the season. This is a pretty strong indicator.
We did not have time to start the final attempt, since everyone was traveling in a tight group. The team took a chance, but if we left the first, then just would not have played. In any case, we would have remained the ninth and tenth. Given the placement of our boxes on the pit lane, we were the last among those who left. Despite our predictions, we did not have time to start the circle.
There is nothing good in what happened, but this is not the end of the world. As I said, we again demonstrated speed in qualifying, having reached the final with two cars. ”
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