Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 driver quotes ahead of Chinese Grand-Prix

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 driver quotes ahead of Chinese Grand-Prix

10.04.2018: Chinese Grand-Prix 2018 Kevin Magnussen, driver car 20 Finding and then holding onto the tires’ proper operating window proved a challenge last year. How has it been so far this year?

Chinese Grand-Prix 2018
Kevin Magnussen, driver car 20


   
Finding and then holding onto the tires’ proper operating window proved a challenge last year. How has it been so far this year?



“The tires are different for this year, but it’s still no less of a challenge. It’s the biggest thing about performance.”
 



For the first time in recent memory, Pirelli isn’t bringing a sequential set of tire compounds. There’s a jump between the Yellow soft tire and the Purple ultrasoft, with the Red supersoft not a part of Pirelli’s lineup. How drastic is the difference between the soft and ultrasoft, and will you miss that gradual change between compounds?



“It’s an interesting tire situation. It’s not one that I’ve experienced before. I think it will be an exciting thing for the race. Who knows, it might be that the ultrasoft is fine as a race tire but, theoretically, it shouldn’t be a race tire – it’s a qualifying tire. The top-10 will be starting on it, so it’ll spice the race up a little bit.”



 
Overtaking, or a lack thereof, has been a topic of late. What would you like to see happen to encourage more overtaking during a race?



“I think it’s all to do with the tracks. We see some tracks where overtaking is all fine. Of course, it has to do with the aero on the cars, but some tracks are fine, so it’s not always bad.”




 
Are expanding the DRS zones one way to increase overtaking opportunities? What are the pros and cons to that?



“It’s not something I think about, to be honest.”



 
When you’re behind another car, what does the “dirty air” or turbulence from that car do to your car? How does it affect the feel of your racecar?



“You lose downforce in the slipstream of another car. With some cars you lose front end, some you lose rear – good cars you lose just overall and not as much. Our car is alright.”



 
So, after talking about operating windows for your tires and DRS zones for overtaking, how does Shanghai shape up in terms of finding the right tire balance and being able to overtake?



“Shanghai is a really good circuit to overtake. It always offers lots of opportunities.”



 
You finished eighth in last year’s Chinese Grand Prix to score your first points for Haas F1 Team and your first points since the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix where you finished 10th. How rewarding was that finish and did you feel that it vindicated your move to Haas F1 Team?



“I don’t think it was only that. In Australia, I had a good feeling being with the team. Of course, it was good to start scoring points early on in the season.”



 
What is your favorite part of Shanghai International Circuit and why?



“My favorite part is turns seven and eight – the fast ones in the middle. It’s a pretty good section of the track.”


 
Is there a specific portion of Shanghai International Circuit that is more challenging than other aspects of the track?



“Turns one, two and three. It’s a pretty unique place, where you enter so fast and then have to stop the car in the corner all the way down to low speed.”



 
Explain a lap around Shanghai International Circuit, especially now after having competed there with the faster, current-generation car.



“It just has a unique flow with lots of opportunities to overtake.”
 
   

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