Following the team’s changes to its technical set-up and bases, Kevin Magnussen was impressed by the “great improvement” at the Haas Formula One team between his two stints.
After Magnussen left Haas at the end of 2020, the team established a ‘Haas hub’ in Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, with more of the Italian team’s workers transferring to the US team to form a department led by technical director Simone Resta.
The shift has allowed Haas to develop tighter links with Ferrari, despite the fact that the team had already been obtaining as many components from the Italian manufacturer as allowed by the regulations for use on its F1 car.
The relocation has been credited in part for the squad’s progress in 2022, with the team scoring a total of 15 points already this season after scoring just three points in each of the previous two seasons.
Magnussen believes the adjustments have helped the team enhance its car development rate by bringing different departments closer together.
“Yeah, that’s been a nice change in the team,” Magnussen said about the Haas base in Maranello.
“The year I’ve been away, they’ve moved. It’s a bigger group now in Maranello, I think that helps communication between the different departments, just being able to go and talk to each other.
“Our team for all those years have been spread out over the world: in the US; and then two places in Italy and one in England, so very spread out.
“And I think in terms of communication, it makes it easier when you can just go to mate’s desk and have a chat.
“So, it’s better, and it’s also grown, and we have more people and it feels better. And, of course, the car shows that too. So it’s in a good place Haas are pointing.”
Magnussen and Haas teammate Mick Schumacher haven’t finished inside the top 10 in the last three races, with both failing to finish in Monaco.