Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas

Kevin Magussen says he will have no problem teaming up with Nico Hulkenberg at the Haas Formula 1 team next year.

Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas

Haas is currently weighing up its driver options for the second seat in 2023, with it believed to be a straight call between retaining Mick Schumacher or going for the more experienced Hulkenberg.

The choice of Hulkenberg is intriguing because he and Magnussen, who is under contract for 2023, have had their moments of controversy in the past.

Most famously, back at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, Magnussen told Hulkenberg to ‘suck my balls’ after they came to verbal blows following a late-race battle for a points-scoring position.

But with Magnussen and Hulkenberg having long moved on from that moment, there is unlikely to be any lingering tensions.

And Magnussen himself is clear that having someone alongside him with Hulkenberg's level of experience would be a positive thing.

“I think I've said many times now, that I don't have a problem with Nico at all,” said the Dane.

“Actually, I respect him as a racing driver, I don't really know him as a person. But certainly as a racing driver, I've always respected him so I would have no problem.

“But I don't have an opinion on whether or not he should be in the second car.

“Mick is doing a good job at the moment. He had some issues in the beginning of the year and a few crashes but he is certainly faster now.”

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-19, leads Nico Hulkenberg, Renault R.S. 19

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-19, leads Nico Hulkenberg, Renault R.S. 19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Hulkenberg has most recently been an F1 supersub, and was last called up by Aston Martin to fill in for the unwell Sebastian Vettel at this year's Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix.

Speculation about him moving to Haas ramped up earlier this week when it emerged that Aston had signed Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne as a reserve for 2023.

Speaking to Servus TV over the Mexican GP weekend, Hulkenberg said he was upbeat about the progress of talks with Haas even if nothing was finalised.

“At the end of the day, it's not my decision,” he said. “I'm not making it.

“There are still talks going on. I'm relatively optimistic, but we'll have to be a little patient there."

Schumacher is aware that time is running out for him to impress his Haas bosses enough to convince them to keep him for 2023.

But he says it is pointless getting distracted by things that he cannot control, so his sole focus is on delivering crucial points.

“I'm here to do my job, and I'm here to do it well,” he said in Mexico. “So that's what my main focus is on and that's everything that I'm in control of.

“I'm just trying to do my best, and that's what I'm here for.”

shares
comments
F1-backed female series ‘only a positive’, says W Series driver Hawkins
Previous article

F1-backed female series ‘only a positive’, says W Series driver Hawkins

Next article

Bottas keen to stick around with Sauber for Audi F1 arrival

Bottas keen to stick around with Sauber for Audi F1 arrival
How the last Sauber-built Alfa offers F1 2023 evolution clues Plus

How the last Sauber-built Alfa offers F1 2023 evolution clues

Alfa Romeo has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal a new car for 2023, in addition to a fresh livery. This offered a first look at some of the understated changes produced by the revised regulations, along with points of convergence in the second year of the ground effect rules

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline Plus

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

In the hands of Ayrton Senna the actively suspended 99T would be the last F1 race-winning Lotus but, as STUART CODLING reveals, it was a complicated machine that caused more problems than it solved

Formula 1
Feb 5, 2023
How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1 Plus

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Formula 1’s transformation into a global sport meant the gradual extinction for a small team determined to stay true to its low-budget roots. But Tyrrell would eventually be reborn as a world-beating outfit again, explains MAURICE HAMILTON, albeit in different colours…

Formula 1
Feb 4, 2023
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023