The 25-year-old is in his fourth full season of F1 and his second with Haas, having previously driven for McLaren and Renault. Although Haas is smaller than previous teams he as driven for, Magnussen said it is “much more stable” because there is less staff turnover.
“In the other teams I saw a lot of people insecure about their positions in the team, worrying about their position. That creates a bad atmosphere and culture in the team. Whereas here there’s a lot of stability. The people, the management and most of the people here feel good and secure.
“Obviously we are under pressure, it’s no secret. But it’s kind of a much more healthy kind of pressure.”
Magnussen is eighth in the championship at the summer break, higher than he has ever finished a season of F1. He says he has matured after a few “tough years” earlier in his career.
“I feel like it’s been good, I’ve had a good time, I’m showing the progress that I’ve made over the last years. I feel more mature as a driver.
“You continue to learn and you continue to improve. I feel like I’ve made some good steps after some tough years. So I feel really good.”
He described his first few years in F1 as “tumultuous.”
“They were really messy, changing teams and having a year off and coming back in, struggling again within a team.
“Now I’ve found some consistency, a more consistent place to kind of get into the whole thing again and building up. I feel like I’m back at a good level.”
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2018 F1 season
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