Kevin Magnussen has said he had never imagined that he would secure a pole position for Haas after the Dane topped the timing charts for the Brazilian GP Sprint Race in a dramatic qualifying session.
Magnussen managed to set the fastest time early in Q3, and with the wet weather at Interlagos getting worse, George Russell beached his Mercedes in the gravel and the red flags were waved.
That meant that even though the session resumed, the conditions had deteriorated and the drivers all eventually came back to the pits, with Haas securing their first ever pole position at the 143rd time of asking.
Speaking to media, Magnussen said that he was speechless with the result, which comes after he had left the sport seemingly for good in 2021 before what is now a dream comeback this season.
“I don’t know what to say. I mean, it’s the team put me out on track and the exact right moment. We were first out in the pit lane,” he said.
“And I did a decent lap and we are on pole, it’s incredible. I think I mean, thank you to Gene Haas and you Guenther and the whole team for this opportunity.
“You know, I got back this year after year out and it’s just been an amazing journey. So thank you.”
Asked if he had thought at any point that he could secure pole position, the Dane said that it had never crossed his mind.
“Not even close. I mean, it’s incredible,” he said.