“It Feels Like We Are in IndyCar”: Kevin Magnussen Lauds F1’s Tightly-Knit Midfield Fight With American Race Series Comparison

Tanish Chachra
|Published 19/03/2023

Kevin Magnussen has been giving electrifying performances since returning to Formula 1. With Haas’ recent rise in the midfield, he has been the reliable lieutenant in obtaining their objectives.

But this year, the task at hand has been even tougher. There are more teams in the midfield battle than ever before. And Magnussen realizes that after earning a point by beating Yuki Tsunoda in AlphaTauri.

Despite working so hard and only getting a little reward, Magnussen is still glad there is a tightly-knit midfield. He reveals that he has never seen something like this in his decade-long career.

Lewis Hamilton drops the IndyCar example

The Haas driver was asked about the competition on the field and where his car stands. In response, he said it’s good for the sport to have an enhanced level of competition. According to him, F1 now feels like IndyCar.

“I mean, it’s super tight,” said Hamilton. “Everyone is very close together, so you’re not going to score points if you have a good race and manage things well. You need not get just one thing right you need couple of things right. It’s really tight in midfield. I never had it like before. It feels like we’re Indycar.”

Magnussen isn’t the only one to share this opinion. While talking about his grid penalty, Charles Leclerc was concerned about getting stuck in the DRS train as he felt the midfield is too tight.

Haas is finding its midfield game

The American F1 team scored their first point of the season and has placed itself safely in P7. Though, Williams is currently matching them in points. So Haas has a long way to go.

But with Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Alpine fighting with identical race pace, it would be tough for Haas even to breach P5 in the constructors’ standings. Though, they can manage to beat Alfa Romeo or even McLaren.

While Magnussen got one decent result for his team, Nico Hulkenberg is yet to find his groove. The German race driver in the two races with his new team hasn’t breached the points mark in the standings.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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