Magnussen “a little bit anxious” about Haas Hungary F1 replace

In contrast to a lot of its midfield rivals, Haas has opted in opposition to designing a serious improve for its VF-22 automobile thus far this season, as an alternative specializing in small refinements and unlocking the potential of the present bundle.

Magnussen scored the staff’s finest results of the season on the opening spherical in Bahrain, ending fifth, and admitted in Austria he was stunned the staff was nonetheless so aggressive and usually scoring factors regardless of the dearth of updates.

However for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Magnussen will get a raft of latest elements on his automobile, whereas team-mate Mick Schumacher is ready to obtain the replace after the summer season break.

“We’ve seen this 12 months that we’ve been discovering efficiency greater than we thought we’d with this, however we principally haven’t actually upgraded since winter testing,” Magnussen mentioned final week in France.

“It’s been a little bit bit shocking to see how way more efficiency we’ve been extracting.

“So if you placed on a brand new bundle, it’s a little bit bit… I’m a little bit anxious to see if it’s simply going to be no matter enchancment on prime of what now we have now, or if it’s a step again and you’re employed in the direction of one thing with extra potential.

“I don’t know. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see.”

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Crew

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Magnussen raced with Haas in 2019 when the staff’s first main replace bundle of the 12 months proved so unpredictable it ended up going again to its race one specification halfway by way of the season. 

“We’d all love to simply put new elements on the automobile and go no matter tenths quicker, however I don’t assume that’s the way it works,” Magnussen mentioned. “You do unlock extra potential, and the extra you be taught, the quicker the issues goes.”

Magnussen will get the replace first by advantage of his greater championship place, having scored 22 factors this 12 months in comparison with Schumacher’s haul of 12.

The staff sits seventh within the constructors’ championship, seven factors away from AlphaTauri, which introduced its first main replace of the season to France final weekend.

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Magnussen mentioned the brand new 2022 vehicles have been “very totally different” to grasp when it got here to making use of updates because of the immaturity of the rules.

“Each staff went on-track with a automobile that was leaping round, no one anticipated that, so I do assume it’s simply the truth that we’re racing such totally different vehicles,” Magnussen mentioned.

“Final 12 months, they ran a automobile that was principally just like the final 4 years or no matter. So though it’s a unique automobile and upgraded, it’s nonetheless the identical philosophy, however that is fully new.

“I feel that’s a part of the explanation why we’re discovering a lot extra.”

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