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Nico Hulkenberg

Haas will need 'magic' to turn around season - Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg expects it will be tough to turn things around for Haas with their current problems.

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Nico Hulkenberg believes Haas will need "magic" to turn around their current season.

The team is currently in a battle over 7th in the Constructors' Championship with Williams, but failed to finish inside the points in the last two races while Alex Albon scored enough to put their rivals ahead.

Haas dropped to seventh on the list of aerodynamic testing hours list following the reset in June, which means they now have 100% of the total allowance.

Team Principal Guenther Steiner confirmed the team is looking at starting work on their 2024 car, but are still working on their current package.

When asked if they can turn things around, Hulkenberg told media, including RacingNews365: "To be honest Williams look like they're gone, them and McLaren obviously made huge progress this year.

"I don't see how we can turn this around, unless we come up with something really magic."

Both drivers failed to make it into the top ten in qualifying for the Italian GP, with Hulkenberg reaching the highest in 13th on the grid.

He swiftly started to drop to the back of the pack in the opening stages of the race after suffering from poor tyre degradation.

While the German does not expect the team to "pull up any trees" he is cautiously optimistic.

"We're behind compared to the competition, and we were the only team to bring nothing to Monza," he told Sky Germany.

"If you do so little, you can't expect much and we were not worthy of points here, and were far from it.

"It is frustrating, but we have to accept it and move to a track [in Singapore] that maybe suits us a bit better.

"I don't expect any huge bright spots, but I will have the new front-wing again so am cautiously optimistic.

"We won't pull up any trees, but I hope to be a bit better again."

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