Haas’ Kevin Magnussen believes Red Bull are already out of Haas’ reach this season, despite a P6 finish for the Dane in Melbourne.
That result secured Haas’ position atop the best-of-the-rest battle in the season-opener, but the Danish driver is now worried by the gap between his team and Red Bull.
The American outfit spoke in pre-season about their desire to compete with Red Bull, and Magnussen believes their ability to improve throughout the season will take them even further out of reach.
“It’s still going to be very difficult to reach Red Bull as they’re already quite a big chunk ahead of us,”Magnussen said via GPBlog.
Should Haas finish P4 and at the summit of Formula 1’s midfield pack, it would already be an improvement on their P5 in the 2018 Constructors’ Championship, but the Danish driver believes it is too early to discuss the final order.
“I think it’s going to be close again, like last year,” he explained.
“It’s obviously difficult to say what the battle’s going to be like for the rest of the year, but at least in Australia it was very close.
“It looked a lot like last year, maybe even closer.”