“Coming back to the team was very natural” – Kevin Magnussen

After a year of absence from sport, Kevin Magnussen makes its long-awaited return to Formula 1 this weekend, as the 2022 season kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix to Bahrain International Circuit.

Magnussen came late to the grid this season, having been picked as a replacement Nikita Mazepin to Haas F1 Team, where Magnussen spent four seasons. In just one year so much has changed for the Danish driver, the team has new faces including a new teammate for him in the form of Mick Schumacheras well as a whole new generation of car to get used to.

Magnussen is thrilled to be back on Team USA as he and the whole camp are excited for the upcoming season.

“Coming back to the team was very natural. There are new faces in the team, which is exciting and nice to see because it shows that the team has grown since I left. You really feel that he There is a growth trend in the team which is positive and just the atmosphere was super good, everyone is excited for this new season.

Due to the delayed decision, Magnussen has missed the vast majority of pre-season, theoretically putting him out before this weekend. Magnussen is simply aiming to finish the race this weekend and start the season on a high note.

“Our goals for this weekend are – firstly with these new cars – my biggest worry is not finishing the race. I think it’s important to get off to a solid rather than an explosive start. Of course , it would be nice to get a super good result and that’s 100% what we’re aiming for, but the most important thing is to get a good start, a base to work on for the rest of the season. pecking order, I think it’s still hard to tell even after the first race. You get a much clearer picture after the first race in winter testing, but that tends to change a lot after the first race. I’ll see, I can’t wait!

“We will be able to show everyone that we have taken the right steps” – Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher will enter his second season in the sport this weekend, as the German looks to build on what has been a tough rookie season after scoring zero points. Schumacher may be feeling somewhat optimistic heading into this weekend, with the VF-22 proving to have a very strong pace on the circuit, reliability could however be a major issue.

Schumacher hopes this season sees himself and the team show the whole paddock that they made the right choice, spending all of 2021 developing the VF-22.

“Goals are hard to set right now. Obviously we want to be able to put together everything we’ve learned over the past few days and put it into a good package for the start of the season. As for where we are compared to the rest of the grid, it’s very difficult to say. I think we’re in a good space where we feel positive about a lot of things and hopefully we can show everyone that we’ve made the right steps and the car is in a better place than we are. we weren’t last year, and I don’t think it’s terribly difficult to achieve.

The young German of course has a new teammate for this season, Schumacher aligns this year alongside the experienced Kevin Magnussen. Schumacher is very happy to be associated with the Danish driver this year, where he hopes to learn a lot from him.

“It’s been an exciting way for Kevin to come back. It’s a great chance for me to have him in the team because I can learn from him. The feeling in the team is great because they know him so well. “He’s been with them for four years and he’s only been out for a year, which isn’t very long. I’m sure he’ll get back up to speed quickly and hopefully we can enjoy it.” each other.

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