Kevin Magnussen’s Formula 1 future is in doubt as the driver himself admitted he has no idea where he stands as to retaining his seat with Haas in 2024.
The Dane’s Haas boss, Gene Haas, is at the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix to potentially work through some contract talks as the summer break approaches. It isn’t just Magnussen‘s contract that has him frustrated, though.
He has been annoyed at how little the improvements to the Haas car have been compared to the gains made by other teams around them.
“Well, I don’t know. I think it’s frustration,” Magnussen told the media ahead of the Belgian GP. “You know, it’s of course building when you see other teams developing and making big gains and we haven’t seemed to make that big step yet.
“But you know, I still have all the faith in the team that we can turn it around eventually. It’s not gonna be immediate but I think we’re doing the groundwork to be able to bring that step later on in the year.
“It’s, of course, frustrating when you don’t have it and you know, we want to be up there scoring points and doing well and then at the moment it’s a bit hard.”
A waiting game
Magnussen’s Haas contract concludes at the end of the 2023 season and he wants to remain in the sport beyond then if he can.
Gunther Steiner has not made any decisions yet but Nico Hulkenberg has been out-performing his teammate by a distance this season, especially in qualifying. As of Thursday at Spa, Magnussen hasn’t a clue what his future with the team will be.
“We’ll see what happens you know how that pans out,” Magnussen added. “I think at the moment there’s not any news to bring and eventually we’ll come around to it.
“I don’t really know what’s what, what’s going on. I feel like the team is pretty happy but you never know with these things and I’d take it one day at a time.” All right.”