K-Mag ‘not taking anything for granted’


Kevin Magnussen is taking a "cautious" approach heading into Bahrain as there is "no guarantee" Haas will be strong again.

Even though the opening weekend of the 2018 season ended in a double DNF for Haas, both drivers were on course for a top five finish and have irked their midfield rivals, who want an investigation into Haas' relationship with Ferrari as a result.

But while Haas are whipping up a frenzy in the paddock, Magnussen is trying to stay grounded.

"It was good to have a competitive car in Australia. I enjoyed driving the car all weekend," Magnussen said.

"But there’s no guarantee we’ll be that strong in Bahrain, so we have to work hard to try and understand the car and make sure we carry the performance forward into the next race.

“I’m not taking anything for granted. Again, we have a good car, but I’m cautious. We’ll take it one race at a time."

As for the disastrous double pit-stop mistakes, Magnussen has said the team are remaining as a strong unit.

"We try to refocus and look forward to the next one," Magnussen added. "We take the positives that we can from Australia, which is we have a good car. We take that forward to Bahrain.

"We win together and we lose together. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes – we have to make room for that – but we’ll learn from that and improve together."