Kevin Magnussen takes sprint pole position for Haas in São Paulo shock

This weekend’s sprint format means Magnussen will not necessarily be on the front of the grid for Sunday’s grand prix. Dropped by Haas at the end of 2020, Magnussen was recalled by the team at the start of this season, to replace Russian driver Nikita Mazepin after the invasion of Ukraine. Magnussen has stepped up as if he had never been away, and after 139 meetings finally has a pole position. Magnussen had already done superbly to put his Haas into Q3 and then grabbed his chance. The team put him out first at the start of the final session of qualifying in damp conditions with heavier rain threatening. When it began again, the rain was teeming down and Magnussen’s time could not be bettered. “I don’t know what to say, the team put me out on track at the right moment. “It was not luck, it was deserved from the driver, from the team,” said Steiner.

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