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Magnussen: 2023 a "new era" for Haas F1 thanks to fresh investment

Kevin Magnussen thinks his Haas Formula 1 team is entering a "new era" as the squad enjoys a boost from finally operating at the budget cap level.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23

Haas had gone through several lean years and decided to focus fully on the 2022 rules reset, employing the well-funded but inexperienced duo Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher to see through 2021.

While Mazepin was replaced by Magnussen on the eve of the 2021 season due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Haas has now made the conscious move of bringing in Nico Hulkenberg alongside him, shifting from two rookies to a pair of extremely experienced drivers in the space of two seasons.

The move coincides with the arrival of MoneyGram as Haas' new, big-money title sponsor, which has helped the team get to the budget cap.

Magnussen feels the team has been revitalised as it enters what he calls a "new era".

"Haas definitely has taken a step. It's a new era for the team that we're stepping into, I would say," he said when asked by Motorsport.com if Haas is well-placed to leap forward thanks to the fresh investment and an experienced driver line-up.

"It's exciting, we're heading in the right direction. And it's going to be exciting to see where we go."

"Everyone in the team can see that we're in a good place and getting closer to achieving the goals that we have for the team. And progress motivates everyone."

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, leaves the garage

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, leaves the garage

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

While tight purse strings prevented Haas from introducing more than one significant upgrade last year, the team will now be able to pursue a more aggressive development strategy as it aims to improve on 2022's eighth place in the constructors' championship.

"Is very clear that we're better prepared for the season compared to where we were last year," Magnussen explained.

"We can go to every race, whether it be Baku or Monaco, and feel like we can optimise the car for the track.

"That's something that costs money, so just the fact that we have a little bit of a boost for everyone to get MoneyGram as a title sponsor shows that we were able to create an interest around the team last year to take that big step and get them on board.

"And hopefully that's going to be a big push."

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