Haas 'got everything right' for double-score
9 October 2017 – Kevin Magnussen has heaped praise on Haas for "getting everything right" to turn midfield grid slots into a double points finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Haas endured a difficult qualifying session at Suzuka, with Romain Grosjean crashing in Q1, and Kevin Magnussen dropping out in Q2 in 13th position.
Both drivers moved up the grid as a result of penalties for rival drivers, with Magnussen lining up 12th, and Grosjean rising from 16th to 13th.
Magnussen made up further ground on the first lap, passing Kimi Räikkönen and Stoffel Vandoorne for 10th, with Grosjean soon passing Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll for 11th.
After pitting on lap 19 and 23 respectively, it took until lap 40 for both of them to return to the top 10, when Renault pair Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer made their stops.
After this, they set their sights on Williams' Felipe Massa; Magnussen made an aggressive move at Turn 2, via contact, which also enabled Grosjean to slip through.
Magnussen and Grosjean thus crossed the line in eighth and ninth, marking Haas' second ever double-score, after this year's Monaco Grand Prix.
"I don't think we could've hoped for better, so I'm happy for us," said Magnussen.
"I feel I've had some good races lately, but just haven't had that bit of luck that I needed to get the points. Hopefully I can keep this going and score more points over the last bit of the season.
"Results like [this] are definitely not easy to get. You need to get everything right, and I think we did, so well done to the team."
Grosjean reckons a top six finish, ahead of the Force India drivers, could have been possible if he had found a way past Magnussen.
"It's our second double-score for the team, so that's pretty awesome," said Grosjean.
"I knew yesterday I had some great pace in the car. I couldn't show it as I was always behind Kevin all race long, but I had much more pace in the car.
"I wish I could've been ahead. I think I could've fought with the Force Indias, so that's pretty good.
"We figured out how to get the tyres to work a little bit better. It's clearly the key. When they work, it's so much faster. When they don't, you just struggle.
"We still need to improve that, but I felt much better in the car."
Haas has moved back up to seventh in the standings, ahead of Renault.