The 2022 System One season is headed into its penultimate weekend, the Brazilian Grand Prix dash race, and an sudden face will roll off in pole place for Saturday’s dash occasion.
Kevin Magnussen, who started the season with out an F1 experience, secured the pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix. That is the primary pole place of his profession, and the primary pole place for Haas F1 Group, the one American-owned F1 racing staff.
Climate was the most important issue that groups needed to cope with throughout Friday’s qualifying session. The primary of the three qualifying classes started in moist situations, as showers handed via the realm shortly earlier than the session started. McLaren’s Lando Norris posted the quickest time throughout Q1:
Magnussen positioned in seventh through the first of the three classes.
The second qualifying session noticed the tempo quicken, because it was run in dry situations. That opened the door for Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, who completed the second qualifying session atop the board. Verstappen’s lap time of 1:10.881 was the quickest of the primary two classes, and simply forward of the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc:
The third session started with a dry floor, and with rain closing in on Autódromo José Carlos Tempo, groups that took to the observe early had a possible benefit. That included Magnussen, who rolled off early within the session and put down a blazing-fast lap time. Simply two minutes into the session, Magnussen had posted the fastest-time, however the clock was now maybe his largest enemy.
As Magnussen watched the remainder of the sphere attempt to beat his time, George Russell from Mercedes slid off the observe, bringing out a crimson flag and opening the door for one more driver to take the pole.
However then the rain arrived, and nobody might match Magnussen’s blazing lap:
Right here is the second when Magnussen and the remainder of Haas F1 Group came upon that they had secured their first pole:
Following the celebration, Magnussen credited the staff for “placing [him] out on the observe at precisely the proper second:”
Magnussen will now roll off in pole place in Saturday’s dash portion of the weekend. The Brazilian Grand Prix is the third — and ultimate — dash race of the season. Saturday’s race, which sees Magnussen on the pole, will likely be a brief, 24-lap dash, with the highest eight finishers securing factors.
How the drivers end on Saturday will set the lineup for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
However for Haas, and Magnussen, none of that issues proper now. As a result of these legends lastly have their first pole place as a driver, and a staff.