Haas F1 Team has expressed confidence in its seasoned duo for the upcoming season. The American-based outfit confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen are set to continue racing under their banner for the 2024 Formula 1 season, marking their second consecutive season together.
A Solid Driver Pairing:
Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, with a collective 346 Grand Prix starts between them, carry a wealth of experience that Haas hopes will elevate the team's performance. Despite finishing eighth in the constructors’ championship in 2022, Haas remains optimistic about their prospects.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas, praised the duo, noting, “We’ve had an extremely solid driver pairing this season in Formula 1 and ultimately there was no reason to look to change that moving forward”.
Kevin Magnussen, who will mark his seventh season with Haas in 2024, has started 113 races for the team. Steiner continued, “Kevin is obviously a very well-known quantity to us... his knowledge and experience of our organisation pairs very well with that too”.
Nico Hulkenberg's seamless transition into the team was also acknowledged. "Nico’s simply slotted in without fuss or fanfare and proved himself to be a valuable member of the team," Steiner said. With Nico nearing his 200th Grand Prix start, Haas is poised to capitalize on the depth of his F1 experience.
Addressing Challenges and Looking Forward:
Haas acknowledges the challenges they've faced with the VF-23, but Steiner is grateful for the feedback from both drivers, which has proven critical for engineering enhancements.
The synergy between Kevin and Nico has been evident, with both drivers consistently scoring points. Impressively, after a hiatus since 2019, Nico’s exceptional performance has seen him qualify into Q3 on six occasions.
Their commitment extends beyond the racetrack. Steiner pointed out, “Of note is also just how much energy both drivers bring to the table, they’ve been fantastic not only in terms of their engagement within the team, but critically, in our partner activations and fan facing opportunities." Both drivers have demonstrated professionalism and understanding of the team's objectives.
Steiner concluded, "In turn, now it’s down to us as a team to look ahead to 2024 and ensure we have a car that’s capable of scoring points consistently”. Finally, Magnussen's gratitude shines through: “My return in 2022 had been unexpected but was filled with numerous highlights...
My thanks, as always, go to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to keep racing in the sport I love”.