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Magnussen: “It’s Easy to Forget How Young this Team is”

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Credit: Haas F1 Team

Taking the final point of the 2018 Formula One Season would be Kevin Magnussen. The Dane secured ninth in the standings with a tenth place finish that also meant Haas F1 Team scored a double points finish at the season finale.

For Magnussen, his single point at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes him up to 56 in total, a record for the 26-year-old now in his fifth year of F1.

“I’m very happy with the season. It’s easy to forget how young this team is.” started Magnussen.

“We’re only in our third year. We set a goal this season to take a step forward, which for us would have been seventh in the championship. But we’ve scored fifth comfortably. We’ve been strong all year.

Haas’ run has been helped by the financial strife of rivals the Racing Point Force India F1 Team, who rebranded halfway throughout the year. Haas’ total of 93 mean that the position would not have been possible had the Silverstone-based outfit been forced to rebrand.

“We challenged the likes of Renault and Force India all the way to the end. I’m very happy with that. The year has exceeded expectations,” concluded Magnussen.

The result is Haas’ best result to date with the team having a closer technical partnership with Ferrari this season.

“To get to the end of the season and score double points, it’s good,” said Team Principal Guenther Steiner.

“It’s ninth and 10th, but we couldn’t catch anybody in the championship, anyway. It’s a good result for the team to go into the short break. We can enjoy fifth place in the championship, which I think is a big achievement for a young team. We are very happy with that.

“We will be coming back strong next year.”

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