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F1 | Magnussen pleased with Haas’ P8 in Constructors Championship, looks forward to 2023

At the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen sounded delighted for the sizeable improvements his team has made over the last couple of years.

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F1 | Magnussen pleased with Haas’ P8 in Constructors Championship, looks forward to 2023
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Kevin Magnussen didn't have his finest result in the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi. The 30-year-old racing driver finished last. However, despite the negative performance, Haas still secured eighth in the constructors' championship after what Magnussen called an "adventure" of a year. P8 is a sizeable improvement compared to 2021 when the team finished last without scoring a single point.

"It wasn't our best race, but we finished eighth in the constructors'. We weren't able to do much today but luckily, neither was AlphaTauri, so we've got P8 and that's two positions forward from where the team has been the last few years – and I think it's very important to get those two positions for the future of the team," said Magnussen after the race.

"And a lot of good things happened this year, so I think everyone is pumped to first of all get a little bit of time off, and then work really hard over the winter to come into next year even stronger.

The “good things” as K-Mag calls them include him scoring points in his first race back in the sport and his first-ever F1 pole position, which he wrapped up in a crazy Brazilian qualifying session.

"Yeah, it's really been [an] adventure this year," said the Dane, who had really thought his F1 career was behind him.

"Generally I thought I had an easy year ahead of me, and then you know, came back to Formula 1 again and had a fantastic amount of fun. Of course, I'll remember the pole position well and the first race coming back, getting P5 for the team, so I think there's a lot we can build on coming into next year. Hopefully we can be moving forward, even a few more positions," he concluded.

The Danish driver sounded very confident about next season also because his team announced earlier this season they have found a new multi-year, multi-million partner, who will become the title sponsor starting from 2023.

The team had been looking for a title sponsor since the termination of Russian company UralKali earlier in 2022, which also resulted in the departure of Nikita Mazepin. From the next campaign, Haas will be known as 'MoneyGram Haas F1 Team' and will run a new livery featuring the MoneyGram logos.

“Now that MoneyGram will be our new sponsor, this is going to contribute to help us move forward with car development,” said Magnussen.

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