Magnussen: Mexico result 'like a victory'
31 October 2017 – Kevin Magnussen has compared his eighth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix to a victory for Haas, after he rose up the order to score points.
Magnussen qualified in a low-key 18th, quicker only than team-mate Romain Grosjean, as Haas finished Saturday's session as the slowest of the 10 teams, behind perennial backmarkers Sauber.
However, Magnussen started from 14th position due to grid penalties for others and moved forward during the opening laps, before going on to classify in eighth position.
Magnussen revelled in the result as Haas moved to within a point of Renault in the battle for seventh position in the Constructors' Championship.
"That was like a victory," said Magnussen, after his fifth points finish of the season.
"It was incredible, and a great way to reward everyone for their hard work.
"It was a perfect race. It couldn't have gone better.
"We could easily have given up and just thrown the towel into the ring [after qualifying] – it was a very tough day for us all.
"Nobody gave up, and everyone knows we're not the worst team, or meant to be on the last row. We're meant to be in the points, fighting in the midfield and getting into the top 10.
"We pushed on and I'm very proud of the team for that.
"We're going to continue to fight. It's not going to be easy, we can see that, but we'll continue to push in the Constructors' Championship and have fun all the way to the end."
Grosjean finished in 15th position after sustaining damage, and a time penalty, while battling with Fernando Alonso.
"The contact with Fernando damaged my car, and I lost half of the floor," he said.
"From that point it was almost over. I just tried to hang in there.
"Good job from Kevin and I'm happy for the team. We just need to sort our race pace a little bit."