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GPToday.net's 2019 F1 driver rankings - #15 - Kevin Magnussen

  • Published on 09 Dec 2019 13:30
  • comments 13
  • By: Harry Mattocks & Fergal Walsh

Kevin Magnussen’s 2019 season has not been what either he or the team had hoped for, but this was mostly down to the equipment he was given.

Everyone at Haas will be glad to see the back of the VF-19, a car that looked great in the wind-tunnel but then was massively unpredictable at a race weekend.

The car had bursts of speed when the team were able to understand how the car was going to handle the tyres, with Magnussen qualifying just behind his teammate Romain Grosjean in 7th place. However then at other races the team would only be able to challenge Williams for the honour of the back row.

Due to the terrible performance of the car, throughout the year it became harder and harder to judge the performance of either of the Haas drivers as we never knew if it was the car’s fault.

Over the course of the season, Haas were on average the fifth fastest team in qualifying. This was coupled by a few incredible performances from Magnussen, most notably in Monaco and Austria where he was the clear ‘best of the rest’.

Although race pace was not a strong point for the Dane this season, with him describing races such as the Canadian Grand Prix as his ‘worst experience in a racing car’, he managed to outscore Grosjean by 20 points to 8 (coincidentally, their points tallies for the year are the same as their driver numbers).
 

  Kevin Magnussen Romain Grosjean
Qualifying head-to-head 13 8
Race head-to-head 11 9
Average qualifying gap -0.155 +0.155

 

After a strong 2018 season, many would have rated Kevin Magnussen highly going into 2019. However, this season has shown that unless you have the car to do it, it is very difficult to make a name for yourself in Formula 1.

 

Even though it his hard to judge his performance based on pure speed, it is clear to see that he comfortably beat Grosjean. Beating your teammate is what every driver aims for, and when the car is slow, they are sometimes the only competitor that you have.

Magnussen was not only on average faster than the Frenchman, but the Dane was more consistent. I am sure that you can count on one hand the number of mistakes he has made this season, or any season in fact, whereas it is quite a long list for his teammate.

Even though he has performed reasonably well, there were several incidents with his teammate that Haas boss Gunther Steiner has described as ‘unacceptable’.

If Haas has a stronger car next year, he will have to impress for the team not to consider another driver for 2021 when the driver market is wide open. On the other hand, if Magnussen is faced with another torrid season, then he will surely be looking to move away from the American outfit.

Unlike in 2018 where he was making headlines for his very aggressive driving style, Magnussen was barely talked about this year as Haas were just not competitive.

Scoring just over a third of the points he scored in 2018, Magnussen will certainly be glad to see the back of this year.

Magnussen's best moments of 2019: Qualifying in Austria and Monaco

After a few so-so performances in qualifying in the run up to both Monaco and Austria, Magnussen pulled it out of the bag and qualified best of the rest (starting from P5 on both occasions). It was clear to see how happy he was in Austria, a race where Grosjean put his car in P11 on the grid.

Magnussen's worst moment of 2019: Silverstone crash with Grosjean 

Haas' lowest moment of the year came when its two cars retired from the British Grand Prix in the early stages of the race, while it was attempting to race with different spec cars in order to dig out the root of its pace problems. The clash also came when the short-term future of the Rich Energy deal looked to be in doubt, leaving the team with low morale.


Race Ratings

 

AUS BAH CHN AZE SPA MON CAN
 8.0  7.0 6.0 6.0  7.0 7.0 4.5

 

FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA
6.5 8.5 5.0 6.5 7.0 6.5 7.5

 

SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU
8.0 8.0 5.5 5.5  6.5 7.5 7.0

 

Driver Rankings 

#20 - Robert Kubica

#19 - Antonio Giovinazzi

#18 - Pierre Gasly

#17 - Romain Grosjean

#16 - Lance Stroll 

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  • I am telling you.. George Russell in top 3!

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    • Dec 9 2019 - 17:58
    • I kinda don't think we can place him there yet, because as much as I think he is a good driver (as has been the norm concerning these recent rookies), he is more or less impossible to judge, being in the worst car of the grid and teamed up with the worst performing driver of the year.

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      • Dec 9 2019 - 18:42
    • Middle of the road for George. Maybe if he had been the one to score the point for Williams. Maybe if Kubica wasn't such a scrub Russell would have looked hotter. I definitely think he has potential, but it wasn't obvious because of the context in which he performed

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      • Dec 9 2019 - 20:02
  • KMag was kinda hard to judge this year, so this is a ranking I can kinda agree on.

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    • Dec 9 2019 - 18:43
    • I will do something rare and say kudos to Kevin. He made the best out of a bad situation. I would argue that this has been his best season with Haas. He also managed to race wheel-to-wheel without any of the stupidity of the past

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      • Dec 9 2019 - 20:03
    • I see your point, and I agree with that notion. This has probably been his best year. Saying that I neither agree or disagree with this ranking would've been more appropriate, methinks, but I do believe I placed him better in my personal rankings... Which I cannot remember... Evening shifts rock!

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 20:37
  • xoya

    Posts: 536

    Easily the most hateable character in F1.
    After Canada, I don't think he should be able to drive for any team.
    Even Prost was fired for criticizing the car he drove. Granted, it was a Ferrari but to say what Magnussen said and still have a job... Haas really needs better management.

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    • Dec 9 2019 - 23:23
    • While I agree that HAAS needs some new management, I can't fault a guy for complaining when his team isn't giving him a good car and didn't listen to the input of the drivers. Hateable? Well, I guess haters gonna hate, and don't usually need an excuse or even a good reason. He was out there on track fighting for every position he gained and drove a lot cleaner than some other drivers who can only be described as sloppy an immature(and getting better, to their credit).

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 03:32
    • Abiteboul would like a word on the most hateable character in F1 thingy. He doesn't like when people try to usurp his titles.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 07:16
    • xoya

      Posts: 536

      Maybe it was my poor wording, I don't know, but when I wrote "hateable" I actually meant "least likeable" (up there with Verstappen). My point being I don't like his lack of respect towards fellow drivers, his team etc.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 07:42
    • I absolutely see where you are coming from. In terms of personality, KMag is hard to like with his brutishness, and he tend to be unable to temper that on-track. Is he the least likeable driver? Maybe, personally I have a harder time with Hammy's personality, but in F1 as a whole, that is no doubt Abiteboul. Arrogant, self-centered, throw everyone else under the bus, I can't stand him.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 11:55
  • What a joke these rankings are. Sorry, not sticking around to find out VER gets ranked #1 even though he clearly wasn't and the points given him were biased. On this site he scored higher than other drivers in several races when he clearly didn't deserve a higher score. I'm looking for a better site that is more objective, and actually has some original articles that don't contain typos and other errors in almost half their articles, and actually do some real reporting, rather than just cutting and pasting from other sites almost verbatim. Have a good off season break, probably won't be back here next season, and yes, probably won't be missed. Mainly been here for the entertaining comments, but even those are getting scarce. Top drivers of 2019 - 1. HAM, 2. VER, 3. LeClerc, 4. BOT, 5. Sainz, 6. VET, 7. Perez, 8. Albon, 9. RIC, 10. RAI (would have been higher in a better car and not racing injured 2-3 races). A lot of the reasons for the low rankings of good drivers is because of the disparity between cars. With all things being even I think we would see much different rankings.

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    • Dec 10 2019 - 03:25
    • Mind, I honestly won't mind if he is placed P1. he had a very solid year, and I feel that placing either him, Leclerc or Hammy as P1 are all valid choices, despite any bollocks points Max have gotten throughout the year. Max is a driver of high highs and low lows.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 07:18

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