Kevin Magnussen Q&A: Emilia Romagna Grand PrixMay 17, 2023
Kevin previews the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, a circuit where he qualified in fourth for last year's sprint race.
One point and a positive update to the car on first impression in Miami. Can you summarize your Miami Grand Prix?
“The Miami Grand Prix was a very good weekend for us. Of course, we only got one point but surely one point is better than none and what we always strive to do is get into the top 10 and score points at every weekend, and we managed to do that.
"On a more general note, the car was strong all the way through the weekend and the upgrade that we brought for this race seemed to be working pretty well so it looks like we’ve made a step forward, which is very positive. Furthermore, it was great to have a good result in front of our home crowd and our partners. All in all, it was a fun event.”
Formula 1 heads to Italy for the start of the European season, how does that change your preparation and schedule?
“We’re back on European time, so no more jet lag for a little while. Back to more traditional Formula 1 events, some really cool tracks that it’s good to get back to, and apart from that, it’s business as usual. I’m hopeful to continue the strong form and score some points.”
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is MoneyGram Haas F1 Team’s 150th race, of which you’ve competed in 106 for the team. It’s been a long and unique relationship – what’s special about this team to you and can you share some of your favorite memories, on and off the track?
“That’s a big number! It doesn’t feel like that much as it’s all gone by very quickly. It’s been a fantastic ride so far and we’ve had some super special moments – of course topped by the pole position last year in Brazil, but there’s been many more exciting moments. It’s always been an extra successful feeling scoring big points with this team because it’s such a small team in a very big sport, competing against some giant organizations.
"We’ve truly come from being real underdogs to being an established Formula 1 team. We’re still one of the smaller ones but the growth and the journey overall has been phenomenal, and I’m very happy to have been a part of it so far and hoping to have many more years.”