Magnussen sees “no reason” for Haas pace drop
Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen believes there’s no reason why the American team would start falling down the order after an impressive start to the season.
The American team is in its third season in the sport and have produced a strong car with the squad making a big jump in the midfield, leapfrogging the likes of Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso in the pecking order.
Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were on course for a dream start for the team in Australia but a double wheel gun failure in the pit stops saw both cars retiring. Since then, Magnussen has scored points on every occasion so far with a fifth and tenth place finish in Bahrain and China respectively.
With a closely fought midfield, Magnussen says that he doesn’t see any reason why the American team will fall back over the season.
“It is hard to say and difficult to predict the future but I don’t see any reasons why we would suddenly fall back massively,” Magnussen said. “Sometimes you do get these surprises so hopefully we won’t get it.
“I think we’ve learnt since last year about the tyres and we have a more consistent car this year but we are still not perfect so we could still see things we need to improve. That is probably never going to change.”
The new Haas car has been quick and consistent compare to its midfield rivals throughout all sessions, with at least one Haas car making it into Qualifying 3 over the season so far.
This has been down to the car getting into the right window with the tyres and keeping the consistent pace going throughout the race, an area where Haas have struggled with last year.
When asked about the VF-18 and whether it can stay within the window compare to last year, the Dane replied: “Yes, I think because our car is consistent that was our weakness from last year that we had a car that sometimes you could manage to get in the window and it would work really well.
“This year it seems like it is a little easier even at the beginning of the weekend when we haven’t sorted the tyres out perfectly we are still up there.
“I feel we have a better starting point than we had last year but we still need to improve.”
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