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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen satisfied as Haas achieve their pre-race target

Kevin Magnussen was back in the points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on a weekend that saw him qualify fourth in changing conditions.

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Kevin Magnussen says Haas achieved what they set out to at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, despite an "annoying" race with some missed opportunities.

Haas were back in the points at Imola as they recovered from a difficult weekend in Australia, with Magnussen qualifying fourth on Friday and starting Sunday's race in eighth after losing places during the Sprint.

But despite starting with George Russell, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton behind him - and after losing positions during the pit-stops - the Dane was able to guide his car to ninth at the chequered flag.

"It was okay. We're happy. The target was to get into the top 10 and we did, so we've got to be happy with that," said Magnussen, speaking to ViaPlay.

"There are always points you can do better, which is good. We have some things that we will improve on and work on.

"The car has good potential, we just need to put it all together and we will continue to score points."

Magnussen admits Haas were too cautious with tyre change

Despite Magnussen's delight at a top 10 finish, it proved to be a mixed weekend for Haas, with teammate Mick Schumacher sliding from 10th to 17th on race day following his first-lap collision with Alonso.

Magnussen also lost time on track when he acted too cautiously as the field switched from Intermediate tyres to slicks.

"We lost a bit of time around the pit-stops and we were perhaps a little too slow to react," Magnussen continued.

"I told the team not to be too fast [to pit for slicks]. I didn't want to risk anything as we were in a good position at that point. That was maybe the wrong call, as we ended up getting undercut by a few people, but we live and learn.

"Maybe [the on-track battles] were good to watch, but they were annoying for me, because I was being attacked and overtaken."

He added: "We did what we could and we have to be happy with what we've got."

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