Kevin Magnussen praises 'Formula 3' vibe at Haas
Kevin Magnussen says he has been boosted by the apolitical nature of the Haas Formula 1 team, comparing it to a Formula 3 squad.
Magnussen, 25, linked up with Haas for 2017, his third team in as many competitive seasons, following prior spells at McLaren and Renault.
The Dane was backed by McLaren through his junior career and spent his debut campaign with the Woking-based outfit in 2014, before stepping back to a test/reserve role in 2015.
Magnussen was then called up as a replacement for Pastor Maldonado at Renault for 2016, but spent just a season with the team, amid uncertainty over his future, and switched to Haas on a multi-year contract, joining Romain Grosjean at Formula 1's newest squad.
“I feel very at home here, I’m very happy, it’s nice to be in a team that’s very simple and everyone here is here to go racing,” said Magnussen, reflecting on his first year with Haas.
“It’s a much different… there’s no bullshit with any commercial stuff, it’s very un-commercial, and a real race team, it’s like going racing in Formula 1 with a Formula 3 team, it’s very straightforward.
“You just go and speak to [owner Gene Haas and Team Principal Guenther Steiner] in debriefings, they don’t have to speak to any sponsors or anything, they’re in the office with us.
“I enjoy working as a team with a whole and not just working with engineers and mechanics, it’s really just one team.”
Magnussen added: “You don’t have to deal with people you don’t want to deal with.
“There’s no-one here that I don’t really enjoy working with.
“You don’t have to talk about…or do stuff that isn’t to do with racing, it’s all racing, and none of the other stuff, and it gives you a different feeling… no bullshit.”
Magnussen finished 14th in the standings last season with a best result of seventh in Azerbaijan.