giovedì, Giugno 13, 2024

Magnussen is the new face of Haas and he earned it

F1 – Although Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz scoring a Ferrari 1-2 in dominant fashion took the spotlight, Haas’ form impressed and confirmed that its 2022 campaign is bound for greatness. The returning Kevin Magnussen put up a solid performance in Bahrain, exceeding everyone’s expectations with a remarkable P5 in the race and P7 in qualifying. 

A chapter has been closed today and what a journey it has beenMagnussen tweeted after his final F1 race in 2020. His four-year stint drew to a close, after Haas decided to opt for Nikita Mazepin and the generous cash injection he would bring to the team.

il monegasco Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari) a bordo della sua F1-75 durante il Gran Premio del Bahrain edizione 2022

Fast forward, the Dane was supposed to join Peugeot’s World Endurance Championship squad in 2022 after he chose a different path to seek fortune overseas, yet he now finds himself in Formula 1 with the team he previously raced for, replacing Mazepin

In a two-week span, it all came full circle for Magnussen, who has undoubtedly become the new face of Haas’ renaissance following a disastrous 2021 season.

Fast, extremely aggressive, a natural deliverer, he completed a faultless performance at Sakhir with no testing behind and over one year away from the sport, mastering all the technical and physical challenges of the new cars. 

Kevin Magnussen a bordo della sua Haas VF22

Magnussen’s new role is clear. He will carry the development of the VF-22 on his back, fully exploiting his experience and acting as a reference for Mick Schumacher, who is starting his sophomore season in Formula 1. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner expressed more than once the need for a skilled veteran to valorise the 2022 project and build a foundation for the years to come. 

Such a brilliant story proves that doors never close fully, although it is rather atypical for a former F1 driver to find a way into the sport, let alone with their former team. It will be interesting to witness Magnussen’s progression throughout the season, as we try to get a better understanding of what the VF-22 is capable of on different tracks. 

F1-Autore: Beatrice Zamuner@beafunoat

Foto: Haas F1

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