Magnussen spills the beans on the team he fears most

He believes that their level of expertise and innovation makes them a formidable opponent in the race for the championship title.

Kevin Magnussen is impressed with Aston Martin as he witnessed their performance at the pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit. He says their new car is a big step in the right direction. 

At the start of the pre-season test, Aston Martin wasn't so lucky as Lance Stroll, the 3 podium champion, was ruled out of testing. On the other hand, Felipe Drugovich, the Aston Martin reserve driver also came to a halt in their car, the AMR23. 

Signing Fernando Alonso, a 'World Drivers' series champion in 2005 and 2006 helped them out a lot. He finished close to Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s champion driver. 

Magnussen is really convinced that Aston Martin is a big mover. The team finished on position seven in last year’s constructors’ standings. The top teams were Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. 

“I think it’s the usual suspects at the front. Maybe Aston Martin looked really impressive these three days. I think they may have taken a big step,” he said as he applauded the team. “But then after that there’s this big group of teams that it’s very difficult to see where you are. At least we know we’re close to that group, in the mix, and then it’s a long season ahead, it’s a development race that’s going to happen.”

Magnussen, also shared on how Haas is shaping up things for the new campaign. “It’s different to last year, because the cars are different, there are different rules, so there’s little traits that feel different, but overall it feels good,” he commented.

“We put a soft tire on the car at the end there and did a bit of a qualifying simulation, and it actually felt good, and I think the lap time we did looks like it’s still in the midfield somewhere, so that’s a good starting point. It’s going to be exciting to see how we actually go in qualifying next Saturday, and then of course the big test is in the race on Sunday.”