Magnussen names five rivals for his Haas seat

Jamie Woodhouse
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen press

Kevin Magnussen names contenders to replace him at Haas.

Kevin Magnussen is aware that his seat at Haas is far from safe and named five drivers who could replace him.

Magnussen joined Haas ahead of the 2017 season but four years into his stint with the team, there are rumours that it could be coming to an end.

Haas are enduring another difficult campaign and find themselves P9 in the Constructors’ Championship with only one point, scored by Magnussen at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

And team principal Guenther Steiner has already said that the team are looking long-term for their future driver line-up with the American outfit among all ten current teams who have signed the new Concorde Agreement.

Steiner has also revealed that there are close to “10” driver options for Haas next year, so Magnussen and team-mate Romain Grosjean are understandably feeling the pressure.

Magnussen even named five of them off the top of his head, but he also warned that the pressure now pushes him to find his best form, whereas in the past it had a negative effect.

“I would rather be in a totally safe position with a signed contract,” Magnussen told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

“Anything else would be weird, but I have grown with the job and I take it as it comes.

“I know that these things are running in the background and there is pressure, but I am better at focusing on the task now. I am better at doing my best under this pressure and I enjoy it.

“In the past, I was really affected by it and let it affect my performance, but I have become much better at that.

“It is clearly a more competitive driver market when you see who is available. They are strong.

“There is Perez and Hulkenberg and then the Ferrari junior drivers like Schumacher and Shwartzman and Ilott. They have that Ferrari connection and we are a Ferrari team along with Alfa Romeo.

“It means there are a reasonable number of candidates for the seats.”

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But Magnussen also pointed out the leadership values he brings to Haas as a driver and how that can be very important when the car isn’t delivering the results.

“It is important as a driver to point the team in the direction of where the car is not as it should be,” he said.

“For that you have to be a leader type. The team boss and the owner are the leaders, but as a driver you also have a leadership role. It’s important that you are someone that people trust, are motivated by and want to work for.

“Someone who brings out the spark in the team.”

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