Magnussen ‘missing confidence’ in VF-23 in comparison with final 12 months’s automobile

Within the round-up: Haas driver Kevin Magnussen admits he has been ‘missing somewhat little bit of confidence’ over the beginning of his 2023 season up to now.

In briefMagnussen admits to ‘missing confidence’

Magnussen has been out-qualified by new staff mate Nico Hulkenberg in all three rounds of the 2023 season up to now, failing to succeed in Q3 as soon as whereas Hulkenberg has solely missed out within the remaining qualifying part in Jeddah.

Regardless of taking factors within the race in Saudi Arabia, Magnussen sits behind Hulkenberg within the drivers’ championship. Requested if he was much less assured within the staff’s VF-23 than he was in final 12 months’s automobile, Magnussen stated “yeah, I feel so.”

“I feel we’ve discovered it for qualifying and the race, or the entire three weekends we’ve had up to now, however we haven’t began off in the appropriate place with the set-up,” he defined. “Then you definately lack somewhat little bit of confidence, as a result of if you happen to begin in FP1 fairly near what you’re going to run in qualifying, you get loads of laps with that automobile and that stability and you’ll optimise your driving type round that. And it’s by no means optimum going into qualifying with a special arrange, a brand new set-up you haven’t tried.

“So I feel that’s the goal for us – to hit the bottom operating somewhat nearer to what we’re going to run in qualifying and the race and hopefully that’s going to be a step ahead for us.”

Hamilton’s thrill watching brother Nic race at Donington

Lewis Hamilton described his expertise as a fan watching his brother Nic Hamilton race to his career-best end within the British Touring Automotive Championship final weekend at Donington Park.

Nicolas Hamilton scored a career-best sixth final weekendThe seven-times world champion travelled to the midlands circuit to spectate the opening spherical of the collection the place his brother was competing. Nic Hamilton, who lives with cerebral palsy, secured his greatest ever end within the championship in sixth place in race two.

“My brother, who I’m extremely happy with, continues to be such an excellent voice,” Hamilton stated in yesterday’s FIA press convention. “Yearly he raises his personal cash as a result of, clearly, racing in a collection and in a sport the place there is no such thing as a entry for individuals who notably are disabled. And he stands for a lot.

“He’s been combating to try to make up for the incapacity he has along with his legs, and it’s a steady struggle. However he received sixth within the race. And I used to be simply standing within the crowd simply watching this as a fan. I used to be so excited – and nobody knew that I used to be there. I used to be simply leaping up and down and making an attempt to assist him.”

Ferrari quickest in WEC Spa apply

Antonio Giovinazzi’s greatest time of two’01.871 put his quantity 51 Ferrari hypercar on prime of the occasions within the second apply session for this weekend’s Six Hours of Spa, forward of the sister Ferrari.

The 2 Ferrari 499Ps set the tempo forward of Cadillac and the quantity eight Toyota because the opening day of apply for the third World Endurance Championship spherical happened at Spa-Francorchamps. Qualifying will happen right now with the race on Saturday.

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Remark of the day

With some drivers likening the brand new dash race guidelines akin to a “check session” exterior of the highest eight positions, @fer-no65 feels vindicated…

I stated in order quickly as the brand new format was introduced.

Having the Sunday grid selected Friday leaves room for somebody qualifying effectively on Friday, having a horrible Saturday dash qualy and having completely no incentive to threat something on Saturday afternoon.

It will possibly and can occur. Undecided if they’re pressured to begin or something… however given the dash race is so quick, the chance is so excessive and the reward so little, if a Hamilton, Verstappen or whoever with correct probabilities on Sunday discover themselves within the again rows on Saturday, why even hassle beginning the race within the first place? @Fer no.65

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