Kevin Magnussen has hit back at the lack of overtaking digs at the 2018 Formula 1 opener in Australia by explaining it is likely to be circuit-dependent and predicts better action in Bahrain.

The Haas driver suffered a cruel end to his Australian Grand Prix while running in an impressive fourth place only to be forced out with a cross-threaded wheel nut during a pit stop blunder.

Magnussen was able to keep the Red Bull of Max Verstappen behind him during his opening stint at the Albert Park circuit but in a race which saw limited overtaking F1 came under fire for its ongoing issue with cars struggling to pass.

The Danish driver feels the problem is purely down to the circuits, with the Australian track considered the second-trickiest circuit to pass at only behind Monaco, and has faith the issue will not occur at the Sakhir International Circuit due to the track characteristics with longer straights and heavy braking zones.

“Bahrain is a much better circuit for overtaking than Australia,” Magnussen said. “I don’t think we’re going to have as many negative comments about a boring race in Bahrain because the track layout is a lot better for racing and overtaking. I’m sure we’ll see an exciting grand prix.

“I still prefer to have not so much run-off. It means that you are challenged more and the window for error is narrower. Bahrain is a challenging circuit. There are good opportunities for overtaking and close racing.”

FIA race director Charlie Whiting introduced a new third Drag Reduction System zone at Albert Park with the hope of increasing overtaking possibilities and has hinted a similar tactic could be installed at other F1 race circuits in the hope of spicing up the racing.

F1's managing director for motorsports Ross Brawn is eager for the sport to address the issue with future car regulations but warns any effective changes might not appear until the 2021 season.



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