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Magnussen defends Haas' test absence

  • Published on 01 Aug 2018 12:08
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Kevin Magnussen has defended his team's decision to skip the in-season test at the Hungaroring, claiming it is "a waste of money". The American team is the only squad on the F1 roster that is sitting out the two-day test in Hungary.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said that there was no need for the team to test as it gained enough information on-track over the past six weeks: "Instead of participating in the test in Hungary, Haas is using the time to analyse the data it received from its recent Pirelli tyre test at Silverstone, from past Grands Prix and from our simulator work,” he said.

"Between the data our drivers have been able to gather that is directly applicable to their driving styles in our cars, and this current run of five races in six weeks, we determined our time was best spent at the factory."

"Magnussen has backed up his boss' words, stating that if there is nothing new to learn, then there is no point running: “I don’t think we have much to test anyway,”

"In that case it’s a waste of money if you don’t have everything to learn. Of course you can always learn but you have to balance up how much you learn versus how much you spend and we could just spend that money better in our situation.”

Magnussen enjoyed a successful race in Budapest last weekend, crossing the line in seventh place to take his seventh top ten finish of the season. 

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  • jj284b

    Posts: 22

    yeah right.. except other teams are testing 2019 parts, but Haas doesnt have to.. they will buy them from Ferrari.. they are not constructors.. they should not get constructor championship points!

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    • Aug 1 2018 - 12:09
    • HEINZ

      Posts: 61

      Well said!

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      • Aug 1 2018 - 14:48
    • Yes, no need to test when Ferrari are doing it for them. They are being so blatant about it. Best team of the midfield doesn't even have to test, how laughable is that

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      • Aug 1 2018 - 15:29
    • I agree, however they still build fnough so that testing really would've benefitted them regardless, especially shortterm. IMO, thid test could be the differencemaker when it comes to Haas vs Renault, the two legit best of the rest contenders.

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      • Aug 1 2018 - 20:45
  • websurfer

    Posts: 52

    I understand Haas. If you are on a tight budget, you have to economize with your resources.
    Haas feel they have to analyze their data in order to understand the car better instead of endless testing.

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    • Aug 1 2018 - 23:17
  • pdolm

    Posts: 5

    I do not agree. If the Haas car was a copy version of the Ferrari, why are Haas more then 1.5 sec behind Ferrari each racing Weekend?. As I understand Sauber have the same agreement with Ferrari as Haas, and they have been testing like the other teams this week.
    If Haas should not get constructor championship points because of the current Ferrari agreement. Then I guess only Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari should get constructor points right?.
    Haas is a small team compared to the other teams, and maybe they are low on budget. Who really knows?

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    • Aug 2 2018 - 09:36

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