Sep.1 (GMM) Haas is continuing to struggle with Pirelli’s 2019 tyres, according to Kevin Magnussen.
The underlying pace of the American team’s car is good, but Haas has struggled all season to ‘turn on’ the 2019 tyres that feature thinner tread than last year.
“The tyres feel like plastic,” Magnussen, tenth on the grid at Spa, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.
“After seven laps, they still look brand new – you can still see the lines from the mould they were cast in. Our car simply doesn’t use them enough.
“And when you take the downforce off for a circuit like this, it’s even worse.”
Magnussen is staying at Haas for 2020, but he admitted that continuing to keep his motivation high is proving difficult in modern Formula 1.
“It is not my dream to be in Formula 1,” the Dane is quoted by BT newspaper. “It is my dream to be world champion.
“But when I got here, I discovered that the driver means even less than I thought. That has to change, because it’s not great to start every weekend knowing that you can’t fight to win.
“It’s just so demotivating. The only thing that is keeping me going is the dream of winning the world championship,” Magnussen added.
“But it’s just so far away – it’s six years since I won a race! I never thought I would be in that situation. I miss the feeling of winning so much.
“I’m looking forward to 2021 and the changes that are coming.”
At the same time, 26-year-old Magnussen denied that he is “jealous” of younger drivers like Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon who all got their shot at a top team much earlier in their careers.
“I’m not jealous of them because those guys deserved it. But I deserve it too,” he said.
“It’s too much by chance. Bottas probably didn’t expect to get the chance at Mercedes. What he’s shown is that there are a number of drivers who can also fight for wins and championships.
“It should be about performance, consistency and talent, but it’s more about chance,” Magnussen said.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!