Cape Town - Given the option, Kevin Magnussen would rather be with Haas
and overachieve than with one of F1's big teams, such as McLaren and Williams,
and be underperforming.
This season Haas are on course to finish fifth in the
Constructors' Championship as they trail Renault by 24 points heading into the
final race of this season.
It could have been a different story had the team not made
mistakes at the start of this season such as their double DNF in Australia, the
result of two botched pit stops.
However, overall it has been a great season for Haas and
especially Magnussen, who until recently was in the running to finish best of
the rest in the championship.
P8 is now a more realistic target as he trails Nico
Hulkenberg by 14 points.
Magnussen, though, has no complaints about his or Haas'
"As a team, we’re doing better and better,” he said.
“We’re learning as we go.
"For us, we’re such a new team, performing at such a
high level already, sometimes we’re a bit short of experience for the
performance levels being achieved.
"We’re fighting big, experienced teams like Renault,
McLaren, Williams and, as a new team, sometimes it’s hard to avoid mistakes
because of a lack of experience.
"I’d rather be in an inexperienced team over performing
than in an experienced team underperforming."
With 55 points on the board, the Dane has matched his tally
from 2014 when he entered Formula 1 with McLaren.
He's hoping for more next season.
"I think 55 points is good for a midfield team, but I
still think there was potential for more this year. That’s both a positive and
"Positive, because we’ve showed we have great potential
in the team to do more, but of course, it’s always disappointing not to get
everything out of it as you could.
"We’re learning as a team and next year we’ll have even
more experience. We’ll have learned a lot from this year and, hopefully, we can
do a bit more next year."