Magnussen, on the hard season: 'There was panic'

Now, close Kevin Magnussen up for the problems that have ruined his 2019 season. Before this weekend's finale at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, he does

Magnussen, on the hard season: 'There was panic'

Now, close Kevin Magnussen up for the problems that have ruined his 2019 season.

Before this weekend's finale at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, he does not hide that it has been a frustrating season. Unless he totally unexpected score points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, he finishes 2019 16.-place with 20 points – 36 fewer than the 56 points, which secured him ninth place in 2018. And the development has been even worse for the Haas F1 Team, which is rutsjet from a place for a ninth - and næstsidsteplads.

"There are many different reasons why it went wrong," says Magnussen up for the weekend races in Yas Marina.

"It was clearly in Bahrain (the year's second race, red.), we had a problem. It was very weird. Our car had been good in the winter tests and also in the first race in Australia and in qualifying in Bahrain. But in the course of the smoke we just down backwards through the field."

The same happened in the majority of the races in the rest of the season. Haas car was quite competitive in qualifying, but when the start went in the races, lost Haas drivers quickly many locations.

"There was a little panic in the team, we could not find the cause of the problem. We gave the tires to blame, but it has been shown that it was about a general problem with the aerodynamics, that was not stable," explains Magnússon.

Kevin Magnussen is known for his aggressive overtaking, but this year he has because of the problems with the car had to get used to a more defensive style.

"It has been frustrating having to concentrate on defending his position rather than attack," he says.

In spite of the frustrations, taking Kevin Magnussen something positive with himself from the 2019 season.

"You're always learning something in Formula 1 – and when it is hard, you learn in a different way. It strengthens you and gives experience. So, on the way, it has been a positive season for both me personally and for the whole team," he says.

"And the problems of the year has meant that we are well prepared for the next season. We are all very excited to 2020," concludes Kevin Magnussen.

the Race in Abu Dhabi will run on Sunday 1. december.

Updated Date: 29 November 2019, 07:00

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