Kevin Magnussen quotes ahead of Singapore F1 Grand-Prix

Kevin Magnussen quotes ahead of Singapore F1 Grand-Prix

10.09.2017: The past two grands prix have been at high-speed circuits where teams opt for minimal downforce. Belgium seemed to work out well for you and the

The past two grands prix have been at high-speed circuits where teams opt for minimal downforce. Belgium seemed to work out well for you and the team, but that wasn’t the case in Italy. Despite having to qualify in the wet on Saturday, what made these two high-speed tracks provide such different outcomes?




“I think we were a little bit wrong in our tire choice in Monza in the wet. The car was handling well on the full wet, but on the intermediate tire, it was wrong for us, as we couldn’t get any heat into the tire. I think the full wet would’ve been a lot faster. This is a new tire and you learn all the time. Lesson learned, for sure.”
 



Now you head to a street circuit where downforce is much more necessary. Is the Singapore Grand Prix a venue that suits the Haas VF-17 better than the high-speed tracks?



“It’s difficult to say. I don’t really have a lot of success in guessing our performance beforehand. I usually get it wrong. I’ll go there and see how we get on.”
 



You have two career starts in the Singapore Grand Prix and you’ve finished in the points each time. Is there something about the layout that suits your driving style?




“I don’t really know. I think it’s a cool track, fun to drive. It’s pretty difficult to overtake, but fun nonetheless.”
 




Singapore is one of only three night races on the Formula One schedule, but it’s also the original night race. Do you like competing at night?




“I would say yes. It doesn’t really make a big difference. You don’t notice it so much. It’s cool. It looks nice.”
 



Can you describe the atmosphere generated by a night race? Is there a heightened sense of excitement and anticipation because the Singapore Grand Prix is so visually stimulating?




“It’s not something that a driver really thinks about. It looks cool on television. The cars look a lot shinier and spectacular.”
 



Singapore’s layout forces drivers to run close to the track’s walls for the majority of a lap. While the margin for error is always low in Formula One, is it even lower at Marina Bay Street Circuit?




“Yes it is. If you miss your braking or get on the power a bit too early, there’s a wall and you’ll be likely to hit it. This makes the consequences a bit bigger for any mistake, which is cool.”
 



How do you handle the bumpy nature of Singapore’s layout, and are there specific sections of the track you have to remember to avoid?




“There are some bumps around the track. You’re trying to avoid them as much as you can. It’s not possible to avoid all of the bumps as you need to take your racing line. It makes it easy to lock up in some places.”
 




There are 23 turns at Marina Bay Street Circuit, the most of any Formula One venue. Which ones are the most treacherous and why?




“Turn five. It’s pretty high speed and there’s a wall very close to the track.”
 



Between the bumps and the heat, how physically taxing is the Singapore Grand Prix?




“It’s pretty tough. It’s very hot and humid. It’s probably one of the hardest races. It goes on for the two-hour limit nearly all the time. It’s a tough race with so many corners – you don’t really get any breaks. There’s not a lot of straights to relax.”
 



In addition to its physicality, is the Singapore Grand Prix mentally exhausting because of the close proximity of the walls, its multitude of turns and high safety-car frequency?




“Yes it is because it goes on for a long time, so your fatigue affects your mental performance as well. It is a tough race.” 
 



Despite the mental and physical nature of the Singapore Grand Prix, drivers love it. Why?




“I think because it’s a challenge. It’s a different weekend to the rest of the calendar. It’s because it’s unique.”
 



Because of Singapore’s high heat and humidity, do you do anything special in advance of the race and during the race weekend to stay hydrated?



“You drink more to make sure you’re hydrated.”
 



Where are the overtaking opportunities at Marina Bay Street Circuit?



“Turn four and turn seven after the straight.”
 



Was your first Formula One race at Singapore in 2014 your first time racing under the lights?




“Yes, it was my first time.”
 



What is your favorite part of the Marina Bay Street Circuit?



“Sector two. It’s cool, twisty, and fun.”
 


Describe a lap around Marina Bay Street Circuit.




“Bumpy, twisty and hot.”
 
   



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