Kevin Magnussen has received some high praise from Haas boss Guenther Steiner for his starts in Formula 1 races.
The Dane, who is out of contract at the end of the 2020 season, has made up a total of 36 places on the opening laps of races so far in this campaign.
And his latest race start at Sochi earned him widespread praise.
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Ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Steiner was asked how much strategy has played a part in the good race starts. The Haas boss, though, has said it is all down to Magnussen.
“I wouldn’t say you can put it down to strategy,” Steiner said in Haas’ Eifel Grand Prix preview.
“I think Kevin has shown that he’s one of the best starters, if not the best one on the grid.
“It’s been pretty amazing what he’s done this year with his starts.
“You always hope for it but starts are such an unknown that you cannot really strategically use them.
“We always hope for the best, but it doesn’t go into our strategy planning.”
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The weather forecast for the entire week at the Nurburgring is cold and unsettled, and Steiner is hoping that will spice up the on-track action.
“Hopefully we can get a Mugello-style race,” Steiner added.
“That was an interesting one for all the teams, all the spectators, basically it was great for everyone involved in it. The unknowns just kept coming towards us. Hopefully the same thing happens this weekend at the Nurburgring.
“As I said before, rain is the prediction for Germany, that will make things even more interesting.
“The best outcome will be if we have a good race, with lots of variables, and from our perspective, to come home with some points – something we haven’t achieved a lot of this year.”
Haas have just a solitary point to their name so far in 2020, with Magnussen finishing P10 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.