Haas to retain Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen for 2024

Gunther Steiner is believed to be seeking stability in the team, having found a good partnership between Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg.

Haas appears poised to solidify its driver line-up of experienced drivers for the 2024 Formula 1 season. 

Reflecting on the team’s rookie experiment in 2021 with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, Haas Team Principal Gunther Steiner expressed regret over the decision.

After Mazepin’s departure, former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was brought in as a replacement. However, it was Schumacher who faced challenges and was eventually replaced amidst a heated disagreement with Steiner. 

In 2023, Formula 1 veteran Nico Hulkenberg, 35, was called out of retirement to join Haas, and Steiner expressed his satisfaction with the new line-up.

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In Canada, Steiner commented: “Nico and Kevin spur each other on in a healthy rivalry and both do a good job.” 

Magnussen, a 30-year-old Danish driver, is already under contract for the 2024 season, and Haas is expected to easily retain Hulkenberg through a contract option.

“We want to confirm our drivers as soon as possible and not wait as long as last year,” Steiner stated, emphasising the team’s desire for swift decision-making. 

He expressed contentment with Hulkenberg’s performances and praised his honest approach in addressing problems. 

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The open communication within the team allows everyone to collaborate in finding solutions.

Magnussen echoed Steiner’s sentiments, highlighting the harmony within the team and the belief in their chosen direction. 

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He emphasised the valuable experience shared between himself and Hulkenberg, which contributes to a sense of security among the engineers and designers.

Despite past incidents, such as the 2017 “suck my b*lls” remark, Magnussen assured that there are no issues between himself and Hulkenberg. 

A mutual respect and a mature approach to matters prevail, with both drivers focusing on the team’s success rather than personal egos.