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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen outlines target for Haas' place in pecking order

Haas had a memorable start to the 2022 F1 season, with Kevin Magnussen scoring points upon his surprise return to F1. The Dane has revealed what his expectations are second time around ahead of the 2023 campaign.

Magnussen Bahrain test
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Kevin Magnussen has outlined where he hopes Haas can progress to in the pecking order during the 2023 F1 season.

The 2022 campaign got off to a memorable start for the squad, with Magnussen scoring points in Bahrain with a P5 finish after making a surprise return to replace Nikita Mazepin.

While the Dane is not expecting the same result again this time around, he remains hopeful that Haas can move forwards after ending 2022 as the eighth-placed team in the Constructors' Championship.

"Last year, in Bahrain, we finished fifth, so I think it's hard to expect to do that again," Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We also got a bit lucky [in the race] last year, stuff like that, so I think we've got to look at where we were at the end of last year and then hope to have improved a little bit on that.

"Then we also know that we can develop throughout the year and hopefully take more steps as we go."

Magnussen identifies target for Haas

Magnussen believes that a positive outcome for Haas would be to move further towards the front of the midfield.

"Last year we finished eighth. If we could be closer to the seventh [or] sixth best team from the beginning of the year, that would be great," he explained.

"But we have to remember where we came from and just focus on making progress and going forward."

After a decent display at pre-season testing for the team, Magnussen is still targeting scoring points at the season-opening race in Bahrain.

"I never think that I can't go for points," the 30-year-old said.

"I always have the mindset that I can, and I don't see any reason that we shouldn't aim for points from the testing we've had."

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