Kevin Magnussen was visibly frustrated after the Italian Grand Prix last week, as he labeled it the 'worst race ever,' after another weekend ended for Haas without points.
Haas had been on a path of improvement in the 2022 season of Formula 1 after performing much better than the 2021 season. However, their progress this season seems to be almost nil. There are just 11 points in their bag so far, standing eighth in the rankings and facing stiff competition from Alfa Romeo who are just a single point below them. The race at Monza ended up being worse than ever for the team, with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg making up the back of the grid after Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon retired from the race.
Speaking to the press, when Kevin Magnussen was asked about Haas lacking in pace during the race, he mentioned that there is a lot of work remaining for the team and that this was the 'worst race' for them in a long time. F1 quoted him,
"Yes, true. I think it was the worst race ever. It’s just no pace at all, the tyres were falling apart, there was no balance. Wow, we have a steep hill to climb."
There is obviously a lot of work required down at Haas if they want to continue the success of their previous Formula 1 campaign. Their progress in the 2022 season has taken a negative turn as they drop towards the bottom of the grid. However, it is rather difficult to actually drop to the bottom since AlphaTauri stands rooted at the bottom with only three points.
Kevin Magnussen's teammate agrees with his 'worst race' statement
Nico Hulkenberg was chosen by Haas to drive for them this season, replacing Mick Schumacher in the team. His entry was highly anticipated as the two experienced drivers were expected to bring the team out of the bottom, but that did not materialize.
When asked about the statements that Kevin Magnussen had made, Hulkenberg agreed. According to him, the car lacked balance and performance and a lot of hard work was required from the drivers.
"Yeah, he’s not wrong. The start was pretty much the only positive to be honest, and the only bit of fun. After that it was very hard work."
"No performance, no balance, no good tyre management and [tyre] life, so yeah, pretty hard work out there. But frankly, we were far from points-worthy this weekend."