Kevin Magnussen’s mentality “night time and day completely different from two years in the past” : PlanetF1

Kevin Magnussen has returned to Haas displaying a very completely different angle from his newest earlier season with the workforce in 2020, says engineer Ayao Komatsu.

The Dane spent 4 years with Haas alongside Romain Grosjean from 2017-20, on the finish of which each drivers have been instructed their companies have been not required.

Haas wanted to save cash and have been placing all their deal with 2022 and the brand new rules somewhat than 2021, so employed a pair of rookie drivers in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin who had appreciable sponsorship backing behind them.

Magnussen thought, like Grosjean, that will be the top of his Formulation 1 profession. Each headed to America, Grosjean to race in IndyCar and Magnussen in sportscars.

However in February this 12 months, every thing modified because of the state of affairs within the Ukraine and that meant Haas severed ties with the Mazepin household, so Magnussen was recalled to resume his affiliation with the American-owned workforce.

Though the 29-year-old driver’s current outcomes haven’t been good, particularly in direct comparability to these of Schumacher, he retains loads of credit score from a powerful begin to the marketing campaign and has 22 factors to the German’s 12.

Komatsu, trackside engineering director for Haas, has observed an enormous shift in Magnussen’s mentality from the darkish days of 2020 when a rot within the workforce’s efficiency had nicely and actually set in, having begun simply earlier than the midway mark of the 2019 marketing campaign.

“Kevin’s angle and psychological state is like night time and day completely different from two years in the past,” Komatsu, who beforehand labored for BAR, Renault and Lotus, instructed

“He has come again far more mature after this 12 months off. It’s an actual pleasure to work with him.

“And he doesn’t even deal with beating his team-mate, he at all times thinks in regards to the workforce.”

Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, Haas, talk in Miami. United States, May 2022.

In the identical interview, Komatsu had criticised Schumacher’s angle at this season’s Austrian Grand Prix the place the German had expressed unhappiness each privately and publicly in regards to the Haas workforce’s technique throughout dash qualifying.

However the Japanese engineer put that right down to the duo merely being at completely different phases of their careers, and 6 years aside in age.

“5 years in the past, Kevin would have been precisely the identical as Mick is at this time,” mentioned Komatsu.

“Younger drivers at all times wish to beat their team-mate first. Kevin needs to beat Mick too, in fact, but it surely’s not his first focus. He’s above that.

“Mick simply has much less expertise. That’s why this isn’t meant to be a criticism of him.

“He’s studying on a regular basis. He’s not sluggish, however most of all he’s studying on a regular basis. If he units the precise focus and stays mentally sturdy, he’ll go a great way.

“And he’ll be taught from his team-mates. As a result of studying, he’s actually nice at that.”

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