The Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen claimed a shock pole position in Brazil on Friday for today’s F1 Sprint Race.
It is the first time a U.S owned team has claimed a pole position since the Shadow team in Silverstone in 1975.
The Dane who was sent out first in the final part of qualifying set a fastest time of 01:11.674s.
It is Magnussen’s first Formula One pole and speaking following the action he said:
It’s incredible. I want to say thank you to Gene Haas, Guenther Steiner and the whole team for taking me back on and giving me the opportunity to have a day like this. I am so chuffed. The team put me out in the pitlane as the first car and that was the gamechanger. It gave me the best piece of track as it started to rain and we got pole. It was the longest minute of my life trying to stay calm as it looked like it was going to be wet but you never know. I am so happy.
Magnussen starts the Sprint Race just ahead of champion Max Verstappen and Mercedes George Russell.
McLaren Racing’s Lando Norris starts the race from fourth just ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and the Alpine duo of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton starts the race from eighth just ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez while Charles Leclerc rounded out the top ten.
Alex Albon had a great session for Williams as he rolls off P11 just ahead of Pierre Gasly and Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team’s Sebastian Vettel.
Daniel Ricciardo starts the race from 14th just ahead of Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.
The Alfa Romeo F1 Team’s Guanyu Zhou and Valtteri Bottas start 17th and 18th respectively while Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher round out the grid.