Magnussen and Schumacher braced for ultra-challenging month

The Formula 1 circus will visit Britain, Austria, France and Hungary in the next few weeks.

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is wary of the difficult month of July that awaits the team, with four races coming up in the next five weeks.

The teams travel to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this weekend, before packing up and heading straight to Austria for the race in Spielberg.

They will have a break-week before going to France, which is followed immediately by Hungary before the much-needed summer break.

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Haas have a notoriously smaller workforce than the biggest teams on the grid such as Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull so, while Magnussen is excited for the next few rounds from a driver’s perspective, he is aware of how tough it will be for the rest of the team.

“It’s going to be a hard month for the team – especially the mechanics,” he said. 

“For drivers, it’s a walk in the park so it’s not something that I’m dreading at all, I’m actually looking forward to it.

“If you have a bad race, you go straight into the next one and also because they’re in Europe, it just feels so much easier. 

“You can travel to the race on Thursday morning and for a lot of people they’re home on Sunday night. It feels easier than having two races in Asia in one month let’s say.”

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Team-mate Mick Schumacher told the workers of the Banbury-based side to prepare for a big shift over the next few weeks, but to give themselves plenty of recovery time when they can.

“It will definitely be very tough, we know anyway how tough a race weekend is and that just means we’re going to have a lot of them,” added the German.

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“For the team and everybody it’s consuming, so it’s a matter of putting in those moments of extra effort when necessary but also shut off if that helps so you don’t run out of energy, because it’s a long season to go.”

Team principal Guenther Steiner believes that some good results over the next few rounds will certainly take the edge of what will be a taxing run for the American side.

“It’s not about keeping the focus but because we have 22 events, we need to get them in at some stage and I think having them bunched up before the break is better than after the break,” explained the 57-year-old.

“It will be pretty intense but hopefully we’ll get some good results so hopefully the intensity won’t be as bad as when you have not-so-good results. I’m sure the team will be tired after the four but then we have a few weeks to recharge our batteries.”

Haas have not scored points since Magnussen’s P9 in Imola, while Schumacher will be aiming to score points for the first time in 32 race entries this weekend in Towcester.