“It looks more like a direct hit”, Kevin Magnussen is “extremely satisfied” with the improved VF-22 » FirstSportz
Kevin Magnussen’s VF-22 was the only Haas to race with the upgrade package in Hungary and despite finishing P16 he believes the team did a mega job with the upgrade.
Ahead of Hungary, Haas was the only team not to have updated their car, but despite a lack of improvements they were able to fight for points every now and then, scoring back-to-back points with both cars in Britain and Austria. The last time this happened was way back in 2018.
Kevin Magnussen was asked to drive the improved Haas ahead of Mick Schumacher in Budapest, but there wasn’t much of a difference between the two drivers.
The Danish driver started the race from P13, Schumacher from P15 but by the end of the event the young German was able to land his VF-22 ahead of Magnussen who was P14 and the latter P16.
However, Magnussen’s race took a serious blow when he was shown the black and orange flag for contact with McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo and told to pit for repairs. The team themselves made it clear after the race that the front wing sustained minimal damage.
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Kevin Magnussen’s interpretation of the new Haas upgrades
Magnussen is very happy with the improved car he drove in Budapest, saying: “It’s good that we’re upgrading and working the way we are and it doesn’t look like a failure. It looks more like a porthole.”
“We took what we could from the weekend in terms of data and testing and I think we saw some positive things.”
“We’ll have to give it a little more time so we can squeeze out a little more performance, but at least we’ve brought an upgrade that does what we expected. We know the potential is there.”
Additionally, the Haas starlet feels the upgrade hasn’t set the team back and hopes he can make big strides once the summer break is over.
Haas has done better this season than the outsiders expected, sitting 34 points after 13 rounds and sitting 7th in the Constructors’ standings.
Magnussen further added: “At least it doesn’t look like we’ve gone backwards with that, my car seems a bit better and that’s a positive.”
“It’s not easy from a driver’s point of view when it is like that and the wet training didn’t help either, it just complicates your life.”
The 29-year-old feels he could have avoided the wet conditions in Hungary as it was a bit complicated for him and the team to collect valuable data.
Haas has far exceeded expectations in 2022 and will they be able to continue the positive trajectory when the season resumes on August 26?
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