Steiner in seventh heaven after Magnussen delivers

Kevin Magnussen on his way to seventh place for Banbury's Haas F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen on his way to seventh place for Banbury's Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner says the aim is to get both cars in the top ten.

Kevin Magnussen delivered the Banbury team’s best finish, coming seventh in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit.

If races are happening like this, with all the events going on, we want to be there to pick up the crumbs

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner

Magnussen delivered a strong seventh-place finish after starting 12th to notch the team’s sixth point-paying effort of the season and fourth on the trot. But team-mate Romain Grosjean finished 13th after starting 16th.

Winning the eighth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship was Daniel Ricciardo.

The six accompanying points boosted Haas to seventh in the FIA F1 Constructors Championship with 21 points, giving them a three-point margin over eighth-place Renault. Sixth-placed Toro Rosso are 12 points ahead.

Magnussen held on to third until lap 38 when he was caught by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the Force India of Esteban Ocon, dropping him to fifth. A lap later, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton came upon Magnussen, jettisoning him to seventh.

But with a healthy gap over the eighth-place Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr., Magnussen maintained his position through the finish.

Grosjean was forced to pit on lap 37 to investigate a left-front disc issue. He was able to return to the race but the lost track position was too much to overcome.

In 13th, he was the last driver running at the finish.

Magnussen and Grosjean are 13th and 14th respectively, in the FIA F1 Driver Championship.

Steiner said: “It was a good result with seventh, our best finish this season. We’re very happy for Kevin to achieve this.

“Romain had a tough outing. I hope, in a few more races, we’ll forget about talking about brakes and just use them like everybody else!

“As a team we need to get on top of that and we will. Then we can be consistently in the points with two cars, that’s our aim. If races are happening like this, with all the events going on, we want to be there to pick up the crumbs.”

Magnussen said: “It was a crazy race, so many things happened. I stayed out of trouble and had a good balance in the car.

“The car had been handling well all weekend. There’s just been some issues with brakes and not being that competitive on this track and the layout not suiting us.

“To come away with a seventh place is pretty good. We were third at one point and I got a bit excited about that.”