Nico Hulkenberg’s extremely weird birthday present for Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen turns 31 ahead of the 2023 Qatar GP

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There’s plenty of storylines heading into the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix weekend, but Kevin Magnussen‘s bathroom habits weren’t expected to be one of them as he celebrates his birthday at the Losail International Circuit.

However, that was what came up within two minutes of the first Formula 1 drivers’ press conference, when Nico Hulkenberg was asked what he’s given his Haas teammate on the Dane’s special day.

Somewhat surprisingly, Magnussen only turns 31 – he’s just five years older than Max Verstappen despite already having seemingly retired from F1 once – but Hulkenberg‘s present shows the bond shared by the teammates.

“Yeah, he got a cake and I have another special gift for later, it’s a personal one,” Hulkenberg told the media. “It’s a toilet brush.”

Why did Hulkenberg give Magnussen a toilet brush?

Kevin Magnussen ahead of 2023 during the Austrian GP | Haas F1 Team / Andy Hone / LAT Images

Magnussen‘s had a tough season so far on-track, despite picking up his third points finish of 2023 recently at the Singapore GP.

That’s in comparison to Hulkenberg who’s silenced his critics after returning to F1 following a three-year absence, though the atmosphere between the one-time rivals has remained a friendly one.

However, if Hulkenberg‘s to be believed, it’s not been an entirely smooth ride off the track for the Haas pairing.

“All I can really say is that, in the European season, the driver rooms are in the back of the trucks and we share a toilet and the shower and stuff,” Hulkenberg added. “So that’s all I can say.”

Hulkenberg leads Magnussen by nine points to three in the drivers’ championship, while Haas are attempting to hold off Alfa Romeo in the constructors’ standings.

They’re just two points ahead of the Swiss team and expecting upgrades next time out at the US GP, but would need a big jump forwards to close the nine-point gap to Williams in seventh.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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