Haas had a day to remember today in Spain with both drivers making it to Q3. Many expected this weekend to be complicated for Haas after the team announced the updates were not coming to Barcelona.
However, the team directed by Guenther Steiner surprised with both cars in Q3. Kevin Magnussen set the eighth fastest behind Valtteri Bottas and ahead of McLaren´s Daniel Ricciardo while Mick Schumacher will start from the tenth place, initially the German driver was out in Q2 but made it through once Norris laptime was deleted for exceeding track limits.
After the session Magnussen showed his happiness and told: “We got both cars into Q3 that´s been like a bit of a target for the team to have both in the top 10 in qualifying and then we´re starting p8 for tomorrow´s race it should be pretty good fun. We had a DRS issue in all the way through qualifying so actually it´s very good to be.”
And added “it could have been better” when asked how much better he said: “I don´t think that much it [the DRS] was working but only after like five clicks and then you are already couple hundred meters down the straight so that was maybe a tenth in it or something which would have just put me right there with P6 and P7 so who knows. It was a good day anyway and looking forward to tomorrow.”
When consulted over tomorrow´s challenges specially tyre management, he said: “As for everyone I think it´s going to be the hot track temperature. It´s gonna really cook the tires but it seems like we are on the good side of that maybe. Our cooling has been pretty good this year and it doesn´t seem like we´re overheating the rear tyres and front tires that much. So, let´s see. If that´s true, we´ll get an answer tomorrow.”