The Brit originally qualified in seventh place but will start the race from the third row of the grid thanks to a penalty for Daniel Ricciardo. He admits that scoring a top three result will be difficult, but not impossible.
“Although we haven’t qualified where we’d ideally like to have done, as a team I reckon we’ve done a more or less perfect job so far this weekend,” he said.
“It was very tight out there, we did all we could, and we ended up very close to P4; all you can do is get the best out of the car, and that’s what we did here today.
“A podium finish tomorrow would be great, but it’ll be very difficult because the first two places are already fully booked as long as the two Mercedes cars are reliable. But let’s be positive: we’ve got a fighting chance of making up places tomorrow, and third place is only three spots better than where we’ll be starting from.”
Kevin Magnussen wasn’t particularly pleased with his qualifying performance, but he believes the McLaren cars will be more competitive in the race.
“I’m not entirely happy with my qualifying position today, to be honest,” said the Danish driver.
“Our race pace might be better than our qualifying pace was, and we should hopefully be a bit more competitive tomorrow as a result of that. We should be in the thick of the fight for points.”
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