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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen wants Haas to 'break status quo' with next car

The Haas driver wants to see more consistency from the team in 2024 following their problems throughout this year.

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Kevin Magnussen believes Haas must "break the status quo" with its 2024 challenger, after it finished last in the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship.

While the VF-23 proved to be a fast car in qualifying for Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, the pair struggled to convert their starting positions into points finishes.

Magnussen scored the fewest amount of points this year at three, which puts him bottom on the salary to points ratio. The Dane wants to see the team make radical changes for next year, as it looks to improve its fortunes.

"This year, we haven't been able to find better performance even on the drawing board, so we need to break that [trend]," Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.

"Things are looking better back at the factory, and we kind of broke that status quo that we had for too big a part of the season.

Magnussen: It's way too much poor performance

The VF-23 largely suffered from high tyre degradation in the races, with Team Principal Guenther Steiner admitting that the team took the wrong development path.

The team introduced a significant update package at the US Grand Prix, which is a precursor to its 2024 challenger. Magnussen hopes it will bring more consistency next season, after showing shades of good performance this year.

"The thing is we will show flashes of very good performance, so it's not just a flatline of poor performance all the time. But it's way too much poor performance," said Magnussen.

"There's potential in there and that's the motivational thing. At same time it's frustrating because we can't seem to hit consistency with our top level performance.

"But also motivating at the same time, because you can see there is some performance in there that we just can't seem to unlock properly."

Hulkenberg elected to run the old-spec car in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, feeling it was a better option than Magnussen's preference of the new-spec.

"It was interesting to split the cars, I didn't think so much about which one was faster. I really wanted to compare and I think Nico was quite keen to run the old spec, so I think we had a different perspective on things," said Magnussen.

"Not that I didn't care whether I got the faster or the slow car, I was more interested in just seeing the difference."

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