Given the midfield battle in qualifying was so tight, to take ‘Class B’ pole position, even in the rapid Haas, was an achievement. He converted that into lights-to-flag ‘victory’, keeping Sainz behind early on then Ocon, on fresher rubber, at bay late on. Sadly it came to nought when his car was excluded. Magnussen’s weekend got away from him. The falling-out with Alonso in Q2 was largely down to Alonso’s annoyance at being passed on the run to the Parabolica, but he had a stake in going off at the first chicane and clashing with Perez after the restart. But his pace mostly was good.