Kevin Magnussen lauds Haas for ‘unbelievable’ first F1 pole

Kevin Magnussen stated he by no means even dreamed pole place was attainable in Brazil and praised his Haas group for making it occur at Interlagos.

Magnussen claimed a well-liked first pole for himself and Haas in a dramatic qualifying session affected by the rain.

Within the opening moments of Q3, Magnussen acquired out earlier than the opposite 9 automobiles when the monitor was nonetheless suited to dry tyres, which allowed him to set the quickest lap time of the session earlier than the rain intensified.

When the rain worsened, Haas’ pole was confirmed, prompting wild celebrations within the paddock for the American group for its finest qualifying outcome since becoming a member of F1 in 2016.

Requested if he’d anticipated pole when he awoke this morning, Magnussen stated: “Not even shut. It is unbelievable.”

He added: “I do not know what to say. The group put me out on monitor on precisely the precise second. We have been first out within the pit lane, did a fairly first rate lap, and we’re on pole. It is unbelievable.

“Thanks to Gene Haas and Gunther [Steiner] and the entire group for this chance. I acquired again this yr after a yr out, and it is simply been a tremendous journey. Thanks.”

Magnussen solely returned to F1 on the eve of the season — the favored Dane changed Nikita Mazepin when Haas ditched the Russian driver per week earlier than the opening race in Bahrain.

“This sport… you go up and down, not less than I do,” Magnussen joked to Sky Sports activities later. “It is lots of enjoyable when it is days like this.”

Magnussen scored a podium on his F1 debut for McLaren in 2014 however has by no means matched the outcome.

When requested how his first pole in comparison with that, he stated: “Extra shocking! I feel it feels higher.

“I did not know what to anticipate again then. I got here in as this boastful little child pondering I used to be the king of the world after which I had lots of classes after that exhibiting how troublesome it truly is on this sport, now I am on pole place, so I’ve simply acquired to take pleasure in it.”

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