Grosjean: P8. Magnussen: P16. Haas’ qualifying results in Singapore were nothing if not stark, with Romain Grosjean narrowly missing out on being the leading midfield contender, while Kevin Magnussen found himself out of Q1 for only the second time this season.
Although Magnussen lost out on a place in Q2 by just 0.03s, Grosjean’s own Q1 time saw him finish the segment in an incredible fourth place and, more tellingly, nearly a second quicker than his team mate. And the Dane had no answers to explain away the gulf in time between the two Haas VF18s.
“One second, it’s a light year,” said Magnussen frankly, after failing to claw his way out of Q1 for the second time at a street circuit this season, the first having been at Monaco. “I don’t think anything special happened. We just don’t have the pace this weekend.
“I don’t have any answers as to why we are lacking so much pace. It’s very strange. We have to look into it and try to find some answers.”