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Steiner 'scared' in qualifying as Magnussen takes upset pole

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes Kevin Magnussen's pole position is the best day in his racing career, and admitted he was 'scared to dream'.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner has revealed he was "scared to dream" in Brazilian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying as Kevin Magnussen took Pole Position. The Danish driver was quick throughout Interlagos qualifying and set the quickest time at the start of Q3 just as the threat of rain began to fall. A mistake from George Russell beached the Mercedes and brought out red flags to allow it to be recovered, with the rain intensifying during this delay. Once the session went green again, only Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton ventured out - a single lap on Intermediate tyres apiece with neither improving. It handed Haas their first Pole Position at the 143rd attempt in F1, with Magnussen also taking his first. Speaking after claiming P1, Haas boss Steiner admitted he felt 'scared' throughout the session as the realisation dawned on him.

Steiner on Magnussen

"This is the thing where you are scared to dream about it," Steiner told Sky Sports F1 of Magnussen's Pole. "The whole team is trying hard for seven years [to achieve something like this] and then circumstances let us pull this one off, but it was not luck. "It was well deserved from the driver and the team being on the right tyre at the right time and Kevin putting a lap down when it was needed. "Yeah he was first out and had the advantage, but the disadvantage was that he had nobody to gauge [his progress] with. "He put a lap down and it stuck - and so when it rains soup, you need to have a spoon ready - and we had the spoon ready."

The perfect lap

After a run of poor races for Magnussen, Steiner described the lap as "perfect" and heaped more praise on him for delivering the lap. "At the right time, he put the lap down, just the perfect lap down. "The last races were not good for him, we always had some issues but today everybody went out there on the slicks, because we knew the rain was coming and you just do what you can do. "The other cars were 10, 15, 20 seconds behind, but they couldn't do what he could do, so credit to him, he was given the opportunity and took it. "He deserves it a lot - the whole team deserve it. "A driver is part of the team and I think we always work hard, never give up and always keep fighting. "There will always be naysayers, but they can come [and see] our Pole Position."

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