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Kevin Magnussen

Why Magnussen was left 'praying to God' in the Austrian GP

Kevin Magnussen added more points to his 2022 tally with an eighth-place finish in Austria, but an engine gremlin threatened to scupper his efforts.

Magnussen Norris Austria
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Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he spent the majority of the Austrian Grand Prix feeling "very nervous" and "praying to God" amid technical trouble.

Magnussen finished eighth at the Red Bull Ring, two places behind teammate Mick Schumacher, as Haas made it two double points finishes in a row.

However, the Dane feared his day would end in retirement due to a misfiring Ferrari engine that added to the challenge behind the wheel.

Ferrari engine issue almost derailed Magnussen's race

Speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com, Magnussen explained how the drama unfolded.

"I had an engine issue, just a slight issue, that didn't make me feel so good," Magnussen commented.

"I was getting very nervous that it would blow up. It's not the first time [it has happened] this year.

"There was good pace in the car and, even with that slight misfire every time I went on the throttle, it was still fast and I was able to still score points.

"It's not perfect, of course, but it's been a great weekend; a couple of weekends with double points for the team."

Magnussen had his fingers crossed from the early stages

Magnussen added that he was dealing with the problem from around Lap 15 of 71, when he made his first of two pit-stops.

"It was just every time I went on the throttle on very low revs, so I had to use one gear lower in every corner, which wasn't ideal," he commented.

"I was able to finish the race. I was praying to God that it wouldn't blow up and it didn't, so I'm very happy."

Magnussen sits 11th in the Drivers' standings on 22 points, four places and 10 points ahead of Schumacher.

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