Magnussen praises F1 'for letting us race'
19 September 2017 – Haas driver Kevin Magnussen has praised Formula 1 chiefs "for letting us race" at the Singapore Grand Prix, after rain cast doubt on proceedings.
A downpour hit the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sunday afternoon, soaking the track surface and delaying the start of the Porsche Supercup support race.
After a brief break, showers returned ahead of the F1 showpiece, prompting fears that visibility would be too limited, given the combination of spray and lighting.
However, amid talk of a Safety Car start, and potential delays, Race Control opted to start the race as normal, with the rain eventually fizzling out.
"It was tough out there, but it was fun," said Magnussen, reflecting on the opening laps.
"Good on Formula 1 for letting us race and not having to start behind a Safety Car."
Magnussen worked his way up from 16th to the points in the early stages, but dropped back after leading the switch to slick tyres, and eventually retired with an electrical issue.
"I was getting heat into my tyres again, because I'd gotten out early on the [slick] tyres and lost a bit of temperature, so they were building up," he said, following his early change.
"I was asked to swap [places], then I lost another position letting Romain past and getting wet tyres.
"Then we had an issue, so in the end it didn't matter."
Grosjean, who started on Intermediates, rather than Wets, thus preventing an extra stop, salvaged ninth and two points after Haas' dry-weather struggles at the track.
"I'm very happy for all of us, especially after a difficult weekend where we knew we didn't really have the pace," he commented.
"We chose to start on Intermediates, which was ballsy. It was tricky, initially. After everyone pitted, it was the right tyre to be on, so I was pretty happy with my choice.
"From there I had a strong battle. I tried to go for [Lance] Stroll. He hit the wall once and I thought that was it, but it wasn't hard enough to get any damage."
Despite Grosjean's points finish, Haas has fallen to eighth in the standings, behind Renault.