Magnussen: VF-17 style hurt one-lap form
19 December 2017 – Haas' Kevin Magnussen says the feel of the squad's VF-17 on Saturdays did not suit his driving style through 2017, though is confident of addressing the issue heading into next season.
Aside from the Sauber drivers, Magnussen was the only full-time racer who failed to progress through to Q3 in 2017, a feat team-mate Romain Grosjean managed on five occasions.
Magnussen believes that the VF-17's handling across one-lap cost him in qualifying, but higher fuel loads and harder tyre compounds addressed the balance in race trim.
"I think it's been my best year, especially on Sundays, but this year hasn't been my strong year in qualifying," Magnussen explained.
"This car has been a bit oversteering on entry to corners and that's not my preferred balance in the car, I struggle a little bit when I have oversteer on entry.
"I can handle mid-corner and exit [oversteer] and also on high speed, but if I can't brake and enter the corner with a stable rear I struggle a little bit.
"That's been a little the problem this year, it calms down in the race when you fill up the car with fuel.
"Also it's worse on Ultra Soft [tyres] than Super Softs, and in the race you often run with the harder compound it helps, you get a bit more understeer."
Magnussen feels he will be better placed to address the situation heading into his second campaign with Haas.
"That's something personally I need to work on for next year is trying to dial in the car more from the beginning of pre-season testing," he said.
"This year I spent a bit of time trying to work out where the problem is and then you start working on that problem.
"Next year I'll have a better understanding and be able to hit the ground running a bit better."