SAO PAULO — Kevin Magnussen shocked Method One in Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying by incomes pole place for the dash race at Interlagos on Friday.
It was the primary pole after 142 races for the Danish driver, who celebrated by making faces on the cameras earlier than the third qualifying session was over. Then he jumped on his automotive and punched the air within the drizzle. He gave his Haas group boss Guenther Steiner an emotional hug.
“The group put me out on monitor precisely on the proper second,” an exultant Magnussen stated.
Requested whether or not he anticipated to earn pole, he replied: “Not even shut. It’s unbelievable.”
Magnussen began in F1 in 2014 and returned to the collection this yr after a one-year absence because the alternative for Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.
On group radio, Magnussen was much more excited: “I by no means felt like this in my life,” he stated. Minutes earlier than, when he was advised he was in first place, he replied: “You are kidding.”
In the meantime, Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, who continues to be looking for a seat for the subsequent season, completed not surprisingly in twentieth and final place.
Steiner stated on Thursday he has but to determine whether or not Schumacher will race for the group subsequent yr, including he hopes a call will probably be made subsequent week. Schumacher has earned solely 12 factors this season. Magnussen has a paltry 24.
Magnussen was nearly 5 seconds sooner than Schumacher. World champion Max Verstappen was second by nearly two-tenths of a second. Mercedes’ George Russell was third.
Qualifying was delayed by rain, which helped Magnussen. The final 5 minutes of the session have been severely affected by the moist monitor.
Haas spoke about Magnussen’s pole place with a contact of disbelief: “What did we simply do?” the group posed on Twitter. “That was a Viking efficiency!”
Friday’s outcomes set the grid for Saturday’s dash race, which is able to decide the beginning positions for Sunday’s race at Interlagos.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who will begin the dash in fifth place, can have a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race. The Spaniard has added a brand new inner combustion engine for the weekend, a penalty-inducing sixth of the season.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who continues to be preventing to safe the runner-up place within the drivers’ championship, was first throughout free apply earlier on Friday. He had a design on his helmet in collaboration with Disney.
“It’s for the Black Panther film, a film that represents lots of my nation,” the Mexican driver stated. “The helmet itself is exclusive and I actually prefer it.”
Perez will begin the dash, which is predicted to go below rain once more, in ninth place.