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Magnussen: ‘Cool’ Haas F1 can compete for points at every race

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Kevin Magnussen finds it “cool” that Haas is now in a position to fight for points at every race after making more progress through its second season in Formula 1.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas took his eponymous operation onto the F1 grid in 2016, enjoying a solid debut campaign that saw the team finish eighth in the constructors’ championship with 29 points.

Haas has made an even stronger start to 2017, picking up 21 points through the opening eight races and ticking off its first double-points finish in Monaco.

Magnussen even found himself running third at one stage in Baku before eventually finishing seventh, but the Dane is boosted by the team’s form.

“I definitely feel that at each race points are possible, which is a really cool feeling,” Magnussen said.

“It’s good going into every race knowing that you can fight for something. It’s cool. The team had performed extremely well in its first season.

“Now, in its second season, it looks like we’ve made improvements and have already taken small steps forward, and that’s not easy in the second year of a Formula 1 team.”

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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