B. T.'s Formula 1 expert: Magnussens season developed into a tragic comedy

Formula 1-season 2019 ends at the weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit. the Season started for Kevin Magnussen and the Haas-team with a

B. T.'s Formula 1 expert: Magnussens season developed into a tragic comedy

Formula 1-season 2019 ends at the weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit.

the Season started for Kevin Magnussen and the Haas-team with a strong vintertest in Barcelona. The new Haas VF19 was so promising, to put up to snatch fourth place in the constructor WORLD championship from Renault.

Immediately not something unrealistic goals, because they had in the year 2018, fought with the French team for just fourth place.

Nine months later, it is evident that Haas' season has developed into a tragic comedy. Tragic, because the team ending in ninth - and næstsidstepladsen. And a comedy, because the team eventually could only laugh at the temperamental VF19.

There is not much evidence that the last race will bring more WORLD cup points on the diminishing Haas-account. VF19'eren surprised the admittedly positive during training and qualification for 14 days ago in Brazil, where both the temperatures and the course layout, completely unexpectedly, suddenly suited for the car. But as the temperatures rose to the race, dropped Him quickly down through the field.

In Abu Dhabi is there a guarantee for the high temperatures throughout the weekend, and it is hardly good news for Haas VF19 and its inability to exploit the tires optimally.

at the same time the Yas Marina circuit is not the højfarts-curves, as in Brazil did Haas-drivers just fairly competitive. Actually the track in Abu Dhabi is characterised by the vinkelsving, as VF19 hate, so it looks like in advance a long, frustrating weekend for Magnussen and co.

the Dane has run four times at Yas Marina, with construction costs about eight billion dollars is the most expensive Formula 1 circuit (but then there is also the air-con in the pit garages!).

In 2014, qualified his McLaren-Mercedes in ninth place and came in goal as number 11. Two years later he started in his inferior Renault back on 18.-the square and was involved in a crash already in the first turn.

At Haas, it is now become a 13.-space in 2017, and a single WORLD championship point in 2018, where he is on the 10.-square ended just behind his teamkammerat, Romain Grosjean.

In the tragicomic 2019-season, Grosjean has been one of Magnussens get fixed anchors. Although in unsightly confusion has been swapped around bits and updates throughout the season, they have two Haas-drivers as a starting point had the same stock.

It has the dane generally utilized far better than the frenchman, and Grosjean (with eight points in the final) must, as a minimum, finish in fourth place in Abu Dhabi to beat Magnussen (20 points) in the total 2019-position.

In the qualification duel, otherwise there is Grosjeans strongest discipline, has Magnussen already secured the overall victory. The post in the final in Abu Dhabi, the position is 12-8 to the dane, and even though 12-9 also is acceptable against such a strong opponent, sounds 13-8 just significantly better.

Without a view to the WORLD cup points is the probably the best, Kevin Magnussen can get out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: to beat Romain Grosjean once again.

But of course: the End of the VF19-comedy may also become that your car works, and then Magnussen interfere in the top-10.

It's just not very realistic.

Peter Nygaard

Updated Date: 29 November 2019, 20:00

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