Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen hopes the new rule changes for 2019 will end the fuel saving problem in recent years, which the Danish driver branded a 'joke.' One of the many regulation changes for this year sees the fuel limit slightly raised from 105kg to 110kg for a race distance.
Magnussen, who was disqualified for being just being 170 grams over the 105kg limit at last years' United States Grand Prix has been highly critical of the limit, saying he was forced to drive 'like a grandmother.' He expressed his hopes for ending the fuel saving problems at yesterday's F1 car launch with Haas.
"We have a bit more fuel, which is a nice thing," Magnussen told Autosport at the event. "The most frustrating thing is having to save too much fuel. A little bit of saving is fine, there's always been a little bit of fuel saving in F1, but for me fuel saving the way we had to do it a couple of times last year is a joke.
Magnussen also expressed concerns at the tyres Pirelli produced for last season. He stated hope that the new tyres for 2019, which Pirelli are making more conservative, will also contribute towards better racing this season.
"The tyre thing is another thing – in Mexico it just didn't work for us, we were going eight seconds slower than what we could do with a new tyre in the race, and that's also very frustrating," Magnussen added. "I just hope we won't get these extreme scenarios where you're not racing anymore."
"To manage in those extreme and ridiculous ways that we had to do a few times, whether it's fuel or tyres, is a bit stupid.I hope that situation is altered."