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Spanish Grand Prix – Recap

Haas car on the track at the Spanish Grand Prix 2023
Sophie Dodson

Sophie Dodson

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Pre Race

HOLA BARCELONA 🇪🇸
 
Kevin Magnussen and the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team is in full swing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, preparing for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. The Admin By Request powered Danish racing driver scooped a best result of sixth for the American team at the 2018 edition of the race. 
 
For the 2023 race there has been one major change to the layout of the iconic circuit, as the slow-speed chicane towards the end of the lap has been scrapped, restoring the circuit to its original layout. What does K-Mag think about that?
 
“Barcelona is one of the tracks around the world I’ve driven the most out. I think it’s going to be exciting to try the original layout without the chicane. It always seemed like a great sequence of corners – the last two corners – with it being so high-speed. Let’s see what that does for overtaking, I have a feeling it might be slightly better for overtaking but time will tell. I’m just looking forward to getting to Barcelona, trying the new layout of the track and hopefully having a good result.” says Kevin Magnussen.
 
FUN FACTS: The Spanish Grand Prix can trace its roots back to 1913 while the purpose-built Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted the event since 1991. The 4.6 km circuit acts as a firm test of a car’s aerodynamic prowess and tire usage, with a plethora of long-radius corners and quick direction changes. Oh, and it’s also the place where the Haas F1 Team made its on-track public debut back in 2016.
 
Two of the weekend’s three practice sessions will be completed on Friday, followed by another practice session, and qualifying on Saturday. Sunday’s 66-lap-long Spanish Grand Prix begins at 15:00 local time (GMT +2).

Day #3

“Onto the next one” 👊
 
Frustrating weekend for Kevin Magnussen as he finished at the back of the field after a tough race in Spain, round eight of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship.
 
K-Mag made a great start, progressing from a P17 to a P14 within the first laps, but a high level of tire degradation soon slowed down the pace of the Dane’s Haas VF-23 machine. The struggles forced the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team to try a three-stop strategy, which unfortunately did not change the game for either Kevin Magnussen or his teammate, Nico Hulkenberg.
 
“It was a tough day in terms of tire management. At the beginning of every stint, it was quite competitive compared to everyone we were fighting, but our tires just fell off quickly and we had to three-stop which wasn’t optimal. Hopefully we can try and learn about what caused it to improve, but certainly it was a tough race. When you have a bad weekend like this, you tend to find some interesting answers and that’s what I’m hoping for now – onto the next one,” said Kevin Magnussen.

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