Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg blame a crucial part of an F1 car for their poor performance in the 2023 Spanish GP

Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg were extremely unhappy with their results in the 2023 Spanish GP.


Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg blame a crucial part of an F1 car for their poor performance in the 2023 Spanish GP

Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen were reunited this year as they both were announced as teammates at Haas F1 team. The duo is famously known for their rivalry and funny but heated moments. There was a time when Kevin told Nico to “Suck his ba**s” whilst he was giving an interview. This is immediate proof that their relationship goes way back in the sport.

The 2023 Spanish GP race weekend didn’t particularly go well for Ferrari powered cars. The Factory team itself went on to claim how they were also facing tyre problems during the race. Haas F1 team also seemed to share the same problem. While Max Verstappen and the Mercedes drivers took the top spots, the remaining teams were left with no choice but to accept defeat.

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Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen went on to finish the 2023 Spanish GP in 15th and 18th place respectively. This type of result seems to have become a usually occurrence for the American F1 team. Both the drivers went on to complain about high degradation throughout the race. This in turn disrupted their chances of getting anywhere near the points.

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Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg talk about their Spanish GP disaster

Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg
Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg

Magnussen said that the tyres were good at the beginning but then went off. “It was a tough day in terms of tire management… Our tires just fell off,” he said. “Hopefully, we can try and learn about what caused it to improve, but certainly, it was a tough race,” he continued. Nico Hulkenberg went on to agree with his teammate. “It was tough. Unfortunately, the degradation was really high for us and we had to three-stop whereas the competition didn’t,” he stated.

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Haas F1 team is a customer team of Scuderia Ferrari. This means that they share a “technical relationship” of engines and other parts of the car. This has also sprung up the possibility that there could be a similarly between the two separate issues faced by two different teams. It will be its to see if either can find a solution. Even team boss Guenther Steiner has stated that the team needs to work on the tyre degradation issue.

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