Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is confident his team will field a competitive car this season in F1, thanks to the hard lessons learned from last year’s mistakes.
After it achieved a top 5 finish in the Constructors’ standings in 2018, Haas sunk to 9th among its peers last year, its season undermined by the US outfit’s inability to solve the chronic aero issues that impacted its 2019 car.
Magnussen is obviously anxious to get his hands on Haas’ 2020 contender, although he will remember that last year his team headed to Melbourne boosted by its performance in pre-season testing. A degree of caution is therefore warranted.
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“I think, generally, you try to approach testing the same way independent of your own expectations and fears or worries,” said the Dane ahead of tomorrow’s kick-off.
“You try to go about it in a professional way, and you try to help the team as well as you can.
“You have to do what it takes to get yourself up to speed. Then you’re just hopeful, and maybe anxious, about getting a good car.
“You just have to make sure you help the team the best way you can to correct any faults or weaknesses there might be with the car.
“In the last two pre-season tests, the team has provided a car that’s felt very good and very competitive.