Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have secured their Formula 1 future after being confirmed as Haas’ driver lineup for 2024.
Magnussen, who returned to Haas in 2022 following the departure of Nikita Mazepin during pre-season testing, will begin his seventh campaign with the team despite a tricky 2023 season.
“I’m obviously very happy to see my relationship with MoneyGram Haas F1 Team extended once again,” said Magnussen. “My return in 2022 had been unexpected but was filled with numerous highlights.
“Although this season hasn’t gone quite as we’d hoped, there’s plenty of racing remaining in 2023, and we’ve got a lot of work to do to continue to understand the VF-23.
“My thanks, as always, go to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to keep racing in the sport I love.”
Hulkenberg relieved to secure future
For Hulkenberg, his first full season in F1 since 2019 has been tricky, with the German showing flashes of speed, which included the second-fastest time during qualifying for the Canadian GP.
However, the experienced German has been unable to translate his speed into results after finishing in the points only once, with seventh in Australia.
“It’s nice to get things sorted early for next season to keep the focus on racing and improving performance,” said Hulkenberg. “I enjoy being part of the team and share Gene and Guenther’s passion.
“We’re competing in a very tight midfield, and I’m looking forward to building on what we’ve done together so far and taking that forward into 2024.”
Steiner praises experienced pairing
With a combined 350 Grand Prix entries between them, Hulkenberg and Magnussen are one of the most experienced driver lineups on the F1 grid.
It also continues a trend of Haas retaining their driver lineups for multiple seasons, with Magnussen paired up alongside Romain Grosjean for four seasons before his departure to IndyCar.
“I think it’s safe to say that we’ve had an excellent driver pairing this season in Formula 1, and ultimately, there was no reason to look to change that moving forward,” said Steiner.
“Kevin is a very well-known quantity to us, and I’m delighted he’ll return for his seventh season in Haas colours. Nico simply slotted in without fuss or fanfare and proved to be a valuable member of the team.
“They both have mature heads on their shoulders, and they fundamentally understand what we’re asking of them.
“In turn, now it’s down to us as a team to look ahead to 2024 and ensure we have a car that’s capable of scoring points consistently.”