Magnussen and Hülkenberg have clear agreements: ‘We will not duel with each other’

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Magnussen and Hülkenberg have clear agreements: ‘We will not duel with each other’

Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg have to do it together in 2023. The two Haas drivers have had issues in the past, but that is all in the past now. The two now work together as a real dynamic duo and have made clear agreements about the goals of the team and the drivers themselves, The Race reports.

Haas’ decision to opt to go back to experienced drivers seems to be paying off. In 2022, young Nikita Mazepin was already replaced by Magnussen. At the start of the 2023 season, it was announced that Mick Schumacher would be replaced by veteran Hülkenberg.

Haas returns to old familiar composition

With this Haas goes back to the previous strategy where experienced drivers would be a more stable base for the team, as during the four years when the composition consisted of Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. For now it seems to be the right choice. Although Hülkenberg has yet to score any points, he does show potential and has put in a strong qualifying run each time so far, making it to Q3 both times.

Hülkenberg’s good pace has not yet led to World Cup points. However, teammate Magnussen in Saudi Arabia did score the first point for Haas, by overtaking AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda with a nice maneuver, so that the Dane eventually crossed the finish line in tenth.

Magnussen: ‘We should not block each other’

Still, the two Haas drivers swapped positions at some point during the race. Hülkenberg started from position ten, while his teammate had started from thirteenth place. The fact that Magnussen eventually achieved tenth place is due to the sensible agreements that the two drivers have made with each other. “We have a policy where we are not allowed to block or fight each other,” the Danish driver explained after the race.

The two drivers are certainly allowed to put pressure and try to keep the other driver behind them, Magnussen explains, “but we must not aggressively close the door, we must above all be kind to each other.” According to the Haas driver, it is primarily about the team. “We are there for Haas and not for ourselves,” says Magnussen.

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