Magnussen: Dallara Has Stepped It Up This Year

Kevin Magnussen of Haas Formula One has praised Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara after a previous year of mixed results.

It looks like someone’s doing something right over at Dallara. The Italian chassis manufacturer came under fire last year as it suffered an unfortunate bout of mechanical failures. Now, after extensive pre-season testing, it appears that the jury is in about their 2017 effort. That jury being Haas’ own Kevin Magnussen.

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 07: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-17 Ferrari on track during day one of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 7, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTMELO, SPAIN – MARCH 07: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-17 Ferrari on track during day one of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 7, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Magnussen seemed pleased to report that the efforts on the chassis have been stepped up to par with those of reputable teams such as McLaren and Renault. When asked to comment on the state of the chassis, Magnussen had this to say:

“Dallara is doing a very good job. I’m really, really impressed with them as well. I hear they’ve stepped up their game. I wasn’t here last year, so I can’t say really how they did then, but the job they’ve done this year with the quality of the components and the car and the chassis is very nice. It’s completely up to any of my previous experiences. So, very happy.” – Kevin Magnussen

A new and improved Chassis isn’t all that Haas has going for it this year. It appears that the rest of the team has taken a liking to Magnussen, and that he’s fitting in well with the rest of the team – Team Boss Gunther Steiner is happy to report:

“He’s fitting in well. He’s enjoying himself, we’re making progress and he’s very analytical about it. He enjoys to be with us.” – Gunther Steiner

K-Mag gets some mileage in the new VF17. Source: Twitter
K-Mag gets some mileage in the new VF17.
Source: Twitter

Steiner went on to comment that although the team is feeling very optimistic about its current place in the rankings, he cautions all to hold off on speculation until the results of the first race are in:

“It’s so tight that until we go to Australia and go into qualifying, we will not know.

Three or four teams have very similar speed like ours, but as we all know [during testing], time of day when you run, the fuel load, the tires – to come to conclusions would be completely wrong.

We wait until Australia for that surprise.” – Gunther Steiner

The Australian surprise for Haas last season was an unexpected 6th for Grosjean on the American team’s debut. If they can pull off a similar result, or even pick up points in the opening race for 2017, the prospects for the season will be of optimism. The last thing we want to see is a brake-related issue in free practice. Not only did this issue plague the team last season, it makes the driver uneasy in the car, and a lack of confidence does translate to pace on track.