Kevin Magnussen scored 20 points in 2019, bringing home the majority of Haas’ points this season. Here are all the facts and statistics from Magnussen’s 2019 season.
Kevin Magnussen recorded his equal-worst championship result in 2019, but scored fifteen more points this year than he did in 2016 when he last finished sixteenth in the standings.
While Magnussen had the upper hand over his team-mate in qualifying, in the races that both Haas drivers finished, Romain Grosjean finished ahead more regularly. Regardless, it was Magnussen who scored the majority of Haas’ points in 2019. He scored points at four races in 2019 – Australia, Spain, Germany and Russia – including the team’s best result of the year with sixth at Albert Park.
His 2019 campaign wasn’t without its mistakes – crashes in qualifying in Canada and Japan didn’t help his cause, while collisions with his team-mate were also unwelcome. Despite this, Magnussen’s seat for 2020 never looked in doubt. He will be hoping that the team give him more opportunities to race in the midfield next season.
A STATISTIC FOR EVERY GRAND PRIX
Australia: In 2019, Kevin Magnussen scored for the first time at the Australian Grand Prix since he took a podium finish on debut at the track. It marked only the second time a Haas car has crossed the finish line at the circuit, with the Dane’s sixth place equalling the team’s best finish.
Bahrain: Kevin Magnussen lost the most positions of any driver in the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix, dropping seven places from his grid slot to finish only thirteenth. The Dane had lost seven places in a race which he has finished only once before in his career, at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
China: After recording his best qualifying position for the Chinese Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen finished the race four positions lower than where he started it, marking the first time he has lost places at the event.
Azerbaijan: Kevin Magnussen finished thirteenth in the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It means that a Haas driver has finished in thirteenth in all four Baku races so far.
Spain: The smallest gap between team-mates in qualifying for the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix was at Haas, where Kevin Magnussen set a lap time just 0.011 seconds slower than Romain Grosjean in Q3.
Monaco: Lining up fifth on the grid for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen equalled the Haas team’s best ever grid position. It was the seventh time that one of their cars has lined up in the top five on the grid.
Canada: Kevin Magnussen and his Haas team made their first Q3 appearance at the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve, but were not able to compete in the top ten shootout following Magnussen’s Q2 crash. In the race, Magnussen recorded his and the team’s worst Canadian Grand Prix result so far, finishing seventeenth.
France: Kevin Magnussen lost two places from where he started in the 2019 French Grand Prix. It marks the fourteenth time that the Dane has been eliminated before Q3, finished the race and not gone on to pick up positions during the Grand Prix.
Austria: Kevin Magnussen finished nineteenth in the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. It was the Dane’s worst ever finishing position in a race in which he’s seen the chequered flag. His previous worst finish was eighteenth in the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix.
Britain: At the 2019 British Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen recorded his worst qualifying performance of the season up to that point. It was the first time the Dane had been eliminated in Q1 since the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix.
Germany: Kevin Magnussen finished eighth in the 2019 German Grand Prix. It was the first time he had finished in eighth position since the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
Hungary: Kevin Magnussen continued his record of having gained positions on every appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2019. He gained only one place in this year’s race, a new low for the Dane at the track.
Belgium: In the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen lost four positions from where he started at the circuit. It was the third time in his four Spa finishes that he’s finished in a worse position than where he started.
Italy: Kevin Magnussen recorded his first Italian Grand Prix retirement in 2019, as did the Haas team.
Singapore: At the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen gained the niche distinction of becoming the first driver in F1 history to set the fastest lap and not get some form of point when points were on offer for it. This is the second year in a row that Kevin Magnussen has set the fastest lap of the Singapore Grand Prix. Last year’s Marina Bay race also happens to be the last time that the driver who set the fastest lap finished outside the points.
Russia: Kevin Magnussen’s ninth place in the 2019 Russian Grand Prix marked both his and the Haas team’s last points-scoring appearance of the season.
Japan: With nineteenth, Kevin Magnussen recorded his worst qualifying position of the season at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Magnussen recorded their second Q1 exits at Suzuka and their second Q1 exits of the 2019 season.
Mexico: Kevin Magnussen’s seventeenth place in qualifying, along with Romain Grosjean’s eighteenth place, ensured that Haas are still yet to progress past Q1 at the Mexico Grand Prix in all of their four appearances.
United States: Kevin Magnussen’s retirement at the 2019 United States marked the first time that the driver starting from twelfth on the grid at the Circuit of the Americas has failed to finish the race; though Magnussen was disqualified having started from the same slot in 2018. Magnussen became one of 72 drivers to have started 100 Grands Prix.
Brazil: In qualifying for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen reached Q3 for the first time at Interlagos since his maiden season. He failed to out-qualify his team-mate however – he’s never out-qualified a team-mate in all of his visits to the track.
Abu Dhabi: In 2019, for the first time, Kevin Magnussen finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the same position as where he started it. It was only the fifth time that Magnussen has finished a race in the same place as where he started it from. It was the first time he has done it since the 2017 Russian Grand Prix.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.