Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner praised his driver Magnussen who managed to be 9th even though he was 18th at one point He thinks his starts are great “I wouldn’t say you can put it in your strategy,” explained Steiner ahead of this weekend's Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
“I think Kevin has shown that he’s one of the best starters, if not the best one on the grid." “It’s been pretty amazing what he’s done this year with his starts. You always hope for it but starts are such an unknown that you cannot really strategically use them.
We always hope for the best, but it doesn’t go into our strategy planning”.
Magnussen had good tactics and went the inside line unlike other drivers. He gained an advantage both in that part and in other parts and managed to reach 9 places.
He is certainly very satisfied with the race and with himself, and it seems that he could achieve many more good results if he continues like this. “It was a very good first lap. I got a good launch off the line, then I found some good gaps through Turn 1 and into Turn 2 – where lots of people ran wide and had contact," he said.
"I chose the inside line and managed to avoid all of that, I overtook quite a few people on the exit of the corner as well. “There was some further contact with Leclerc and Stroll which gave me another position.
All-in-all it was a good start with some good moves and some good fortune courtesy of other people going off-track. Everything came together and that meant I moved from 18th to ninth on the first lap." Steiner expects all the best from the race in Germany.
For a long time, his team did not win points and it seems that in this difficult race they will try to get their first points and achieve a much better placement than before. Of course, the race will be very difficult and the competition is strong, but Steiner and the rest of the team are positive and hope for the best result.
“Rain is the prediction for Germany, that will make things even more interesting,” said Steiner. “The best outcome will be if we have a good race, with lots of variables, and from our perspective, to come home with some points – something we haven’t achieved a lot of this year”.