The youngest team on the F1 grid, the US-owned team Haas F1 became the 10th team on the grid following the demise of Manor F1. Unlike many of its competitors who simply purchase customer power units, Haas forged a close relationship with their engine supplier Ferrari which has also included fielding Ferrari juniors such as Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi. From the outset in 2016, Haas established themselves as respectable midfield runners – Romain Grosjean finishing in 6th place on the teams’ debut in the 2016 Australian GP. Kevin Magnussen joined Haas and partnered Grosjean from 2017-20, the team collecting a highest finish of 4th place at the 2018 Austrian GP courtesy of Grosjean, with Magnussen following home in 5th. Throughout the second half of 2019 and through 2020 Haas on-track performance declined, scoring just 3pts for the 2020 season. A clean slate approach was taken for 2021 – Haas using the year to field rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin – the team finishing the season with zero points and little spent on car development. On the eve of the 2022 season Mazepin departed and Haas re-hired Magnussen who had spent a year racing sports cars. Rejuvenated with a far more competitive car and a highly-motivated Magnussen, Haas started the season strong – Magnussen finishing 5th at the season opening Bahrain GP and Mick Schumacher later taking a career-best 6th in Austria. The highlight of the season and quite possibly Haas’ short history was Magnussen timing the wet weather perfectly during qualifying in the Brazilian GP, managing to earn Haas their first ever pole position. Haas enter the 2023 season with Magnussen and the returning Nico Hulkenberg as their two drivers.
DOB: 5th October 1992
Lives in: Copenhagen, Denmark
Current Team: Moneygram Haas F1 Team
Son of former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen, Kevin began karting at age 11 before transitioning tasting his first championship success in 2008 in the Danish Formula Ford championship. Following a season in Formula Renault 2.0, Magnussen climbed the motorsport ladder, moving from German Formula 3, to British Formula 3 before winning the Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2013 finishing comfortably ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne. This earned Magnussen a full-time F1 drive with McLaren which started off with an incredible 2nd place on debut in the 2014 Australian GP to become the first Danish driver to finish on the podium. Finishing the season in 11th place in the standings with 55pts was not enough to prevent Magnussen being replaced by Fernando Alonso at McLaren for the 2015 season, however he was retained as a reserve driver and subbed in for Alonso for a single race. Magnussen was signed by the Renault team for the 2016 season alongside Jolyon Palmer. Marred with an unreliable and uncompetitive car, Magnussen recorded just two points finishes for the season and moved to Haas for 2017, where he remained until the end of 2020. Magnussen (and Haas’) career-best season came in 2018, recording 11 points scoring finishes and finishing the season with 56pts and 9th in the driver’s championship. As Haas’ competitiveness declined, Magnussen was released at the end of 2020 and spent the 2021 season racing sports cars. On the eve of the 2022 season however, Magnussen earned a surprise reprieve at his former team; title sponsor Uralkali and Haas ending their partnership which also meant Nikita Mazepin was dropped as a driver. A rejuvenated Magnussen was hired to race in 2022 for Haas, instantly impressing in a far more competitive car with 5th place at the season-opening Bahrain GP. Magnussen earned his and Haas’ first ever pole position in the Brazilian GP and partners the returning Nico Hulkenberg for 2023 at Haas.
DOB: 17th August 1987
Lives in: Monaco
Current Team: Moneygram Haas F1 Team
Nicknamed “The Hulk”, Nico Hulkenberg had one of the most impressive junior careers prior to his F1 debut in 2010. Winning the Formula BMW on his first attempt in 2005, Hulkenberg moved straight into the now-defunct A1GP for 2006, dominating the season and winning the title for Team Germany. A Formula 3 Euro Series title followed in 2008, earning Hulkenberg his graduation to GP2 (now F2). Continuing the recurring theme of his young career, Hulkenberg had an incredible rookie season winning the GP2 championship at his first attempt – joining F1 championship winners Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in winning the GP2 title at the first try. This saw Williams snap up Hulkenberg for the 2010 season alongside veteran Rubens Barrichello. Like 2023 teammate Magnussen, Hulkenberg scored a surprising pole position in the Brazilian GP, timing the wet conditions to perfection. Dropped by Williams at the end of 2010, Hulkenberg joined the Force India team for the 2011/12 seasons – another career highlight occurring in the wet-weather Brazilian GP of 2012, Hulkenberg leading the race on merit on his way to a 5th-place finish. Hulkenberg drove for a single season in 2013 before re-joining Force India from 2014-16 and establishing himself as a consistent points-scorer despite a podium finish eluding him through a combination of poor luck and mistakes. Hulkenberg was signed by Renault for 2017 and raced there for three seasons, finishing a career-best 7th in the driver’s standings in 2018. Performances gradually declined in 2019 and Hulkenberg was released by Renault at the end of the season. After his demotion from Renault at the end, Hulkenberg made a name for himself as a COVID super-sub, racing twice in both 2020 and 2021 for Racing Point and Aston Martin – finishing a brilliant 7th in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in Silverstone and fighting to 8th from the back of the grid at the Nürburgring. Haas opting for more experience meant that Hulkenberg earns a full-time return to the grid for the 2023 season. Off-track, Hulkenberg has entered a team into eSkootr Championship.