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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Experienced Magnussen will push Haas forward – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean expects Kevin Magnussen to help drive the Haas team forward in 2017 when he takes over from Esteban Gutierrez.
Romain Grosjean feels Haas stands to make good gains next season following its decision to sign Kevin Magnussen for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship.

Magnussen will join the American team for its second season in F1 next year, replacing Esteban Gutierrez and joining Grosjean who stays on for another campaign.

A former McLaren driver, Magnussen joins Haas from Renault, experience that Grosjean believes stands the team in good stead to make a stride amongst the mid-field for 2017.

“He's got some great experience from McLaren and from Renault this year, they've improved from last year from the way they operate, so it will be interesting to have his feedback and his experience coming on board from McLaren, which is a really big team, and then we can work.

“He's definitely a good racer, whenever he holds a position in a race it's hard to overtake and for the team having more bonus we need to score points with two cars, that was the idea and he knows how to do that so hopefully a good relationship.

“Of course you always want to beat your teammate but the most important thing is you both score points and we both push the team forward.”

By joining Haas, Magnussen will become the first driver to have sampled Renault, Mercedes, Honda and Ferrari V6 Hybrid engines.

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