Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Hungaroring, 2022

Magnussen confident Haas will extract more pace from upgrades

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In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen says he is confident that Haas will be able to get more performance out of their upgrade package after the summer break

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Magnussen confident Haas will extract more pace from upgrades

Kevin Magnussen says he is confident that Haas will be able to get more performance out of their upgrade package after the summer break.

Magnussen was the only Haas drive to benefit from the team’s first major upgrades of the season at the last race before the break in Hungary. He qualified 13th, two places ahead of team mate Mick Schumacher, before finishing the race in 16th after lap one contact led to him receiving a black-and-orange flag, which compromised his race.

“It’s probably going to get better,” said Magnussen in response to a question from RaceFans.

“We will extract more out of this and get it dialled in so that the balance is nice and also get more downforce out of it. But it was a positive weekend in terms of putting the car on track and actually measuring the data that we wanted to see.”

Recovering from setbacks key to Formula E title triumph – Vandoorne

Newly-crowned Formula E world champion Stoffel Vandoorne says his ability to recover from setbacks in races was the key to him taking the title this season.

Vandoorne and his Mercedes EQ team clinched both championships in the final race in Seoul yesterday. He scored points in every EPrix except for Mexico City and took a single race victory in Monaco.

“I think I’ve been very consistent since [Monaco],” said Vandoorne. “Always qualifying at the front.

“But even on the days where it was more difficult, that’s where I managed to recover. And I think those were the key moments. I think if there’s one race that jumps in my mind, there’s Berlin race one. I dropped back to like P12-13 on lap one and a few laps from the end I was still fighting for the victory. So those moments, they made the championship.”

With Mercedes EQ transitioning to McLaren Electric Racing next season, Vandoorne says he will return to the Formula E grid for the first season with the new Gen3 car.

“I’ll be back next year. I need a bit of a reset after this. Gen2 is coming to to an end we’re going into a new era next season, so that’ll bring a full reset. I’m just going to enjoy this this moment for a little bit and I’ll turn up strong again next year.”

Dunne extends British F4 championship lead with two wins

Irish driver Alex Dunne extended his lead in the British F4 championship by taking two wins out of three in the seventh round at Snetterton.

The 16-year-old claimed a win in the first and third races of the weekend to further extend his championship lead with three race weekends remaining. Dunne is now 66 points ahead of Williams academy driver Oliver Gray and 127 points ahead of third-placed McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu.

Gray claimed two podiums with a third in race one and a second in race two, while Ugochukwu took one podium from the weekend with a second place in race two behind winner Joseph Loake.

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Comment of the day

This weekend’s Caption Competition winner is @tommy-c!:

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Hungaroring, 2022

Two hours later, Fernando took to Twitter to clarify that in fact it was not his birthday and that he would not be celebrating his birthday with Alpine in 2023.
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Thanks to everyone who came up with caption idea this week and a special mention to Cyberaxiom, JungleMartin, Richard Hill and Electroball76 who all came up with particularly good captions.

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On this day in motorsport

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3 comments on “Magnussen confident Haas will extract more pace from upgrades”

  1. Not the first time a single-seater has run on public roads.

    The tracks in Haas tweet are Jeddah Cornicne Circuit, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Red Bull Ring, & Silverstone from upper left to bottom right.
    I got all four right quickly as I’m generally good at recognizing tracks in zoomed & or closed-up images based on surroundings or surrounding features.

    Conor Daly’s shirt, though & I also like the references on the car, including livery.

    The sand car is nicely done.

  2. Kevin Magnussen has no idea how to evaluate an upgrade. Still.

    Yet Haas, who have suffered from this lack of constructive feedback before, chose to give him the only available upgrade to their car ahead of the summer break.

  3. I’m guessing the mystery driver in the GP2 car on the Czech highway is Alonso. lol.

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