Kevin Magnussen has high hopes for Haas for 2023

Kevin Magnussen has drawn a rather positive assessment of his 2022 season with the Haas team, the Dane having finished this campaign in thirteenth place in the drivers’ championship.

After 22 races, Kevin Magnussen scored 25 points, which allowed his team (with the twelve points scored by teammate Mick Schumacher) to end this 2022 campaign in eighth place in the constructors’ championship with a two-point lead. on the AlphaTauri stable.

Speaking just after the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi where he crossed the dead last line, Kevin Magnussen did not hide his joy at having played a big role this year by allowing his team to gain two positions in the championship compared to previous years.

“It was not our best race [le GP d’Abou Dhabi], but we finished eighth in the constructors’ championship. We couldn’t do much, but neither did AlphaTauri, so we hold on to eighth place, two positions better than in recent years. » Magnussen said.

« I think it was very important to get those two positions for the future of the team and a lot has happened this year, so everyone is motivated to get some time first. free, then work very hard during the winter to come back even stronger next year. »

The Dane also joked that he thought he would have a fairly quiet year in 2022 in the WEC Championship before Guenther Steiner [directeur de l’équipe Haas] call him at the last minute to come and replace the Russian Nikita Maezpin, sacked just before the start of the season for the reasons we know.

“I thought I was going to have a quiet year ahead of me. But I came back to Formula 1 and I had a lot of fun. Of course, I will remember my pole position for a long time. [au Brésil] and my first race since returning where I got a P5 for the team [à Bahreïn]. »

“So I think we can build on a lot of things for next year and hopefully we can move forward and gain a few more positions. [au championnat constructeurs]. »

In 2023, Kevin Magnussen will team up with the very experienced Nico Hülkenberg at Haas, the German signing his big return to Formula 1 after three seasons as a reserve.

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