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Magnussen backs Haas' Hungary test decision

2018-07-25 11:30

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Haas Formula 1 driver, Kevin Magnussen, says he understands Haas' decision to skip the post-Hungary test.

Ekstra Bladet newspaper reports that, as of the summer break, the American team's full focus will be on the 2019 car.

'Why spend money doing nothing'

That decision was made due to the 2019 aerodynamic rule changes, and the knock-on effect is that Haas does not see the need to test in Hungary after the forthcoming race in the country's capital, Budapest.

Team boss, Gunther Steiner, said: "We have so much data from the five recent races plus a test at Silverstone, so why spend money doing nothing?"

Not just that, Haas' development driver Santino Ferrucci has been fired by his Formula 2 team. Steiner said making a decision about what the F1 team will do about the troubled American is "not at the top of my priorities".

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And Haas doesn't just want to sell the Hungary test cockpit to a high bidder.

Steiner added: "So many people come to these tests with money, but in the end we are not a car rental company."

Therefore, Magnussen backed Haas' decision to skip Hungary.

The driver said: "It's logical. We don't have big things to test, it's expensive, and we have few spare parts after the recent race. It's been a tough month for all of the guys. They deserve a break."


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