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Unwell Magnussen to skip media duties ahead of Australian GP

Kevin Magnussen will miss Friday morning's FIA press conference in Australia after experiencing nausea overnight, but is set to take to the track for practice.

Haas have confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will sit out his media duties ahead of Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix after falling unwell. Magnussen experienced nausea overnight and into Friday morning, as per a note sent to media by his team, and will skip the FIA drivers' press conference to give him some extra time to recuperate and be ready for first practice in the afternoon. He was due to appear in the press conference at 10:00 local time (01:00 BST), with FP1 getting underway some three hours later. Magnussen has been seen by the team's doctor and is expected to participate in Friday's practice sessions, Haas added.

A strong start to the season for Magnussen and Haas

Magnussen was drafted in for the 2022 F1 season after a year on the sidelines, with Haas dropping Russian driver Nikita Mazepin and Russian sponsor Uralkali in the wake of the country invading Ukraine. Despite the late call-up, Magnussen has hit the ground running, reaching Q3 in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and finishing the races in fifth and ninth respectively. The main issue for Magnussen up to this point has been a lack of physical preparation, particularly regarding his neck, with the Dane providing an update on Thursday to state that he was "OK" but "sore". Magnussen sits eighth in the Drivers' Championship after the first two races, with Haas holding fifth in the Constructors' standings.

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