Magnussen enjoying life at straightforward Haas

Guenther Steiner, Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team
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Kevin Magnussen says that he's enjoyed his first season at Haas F1 thanks to the 'simple' racing atmosphere at the team.

"Everyone here is here to go racing," Magnussen told ESPN this week. "We don't have to deal with people you don't want to deal with.

"It's kind of going racing in Formula 1 with an F3 team," he explained. "It's very straightforward.

"There's no one here that I don't really enjoy working with.

"You don't have to do stuff that doesn't have anything to do with racing. It's all racing and none of the other stuff.

"There's no bulls**t or any commercial stuff," he added. "It's very uncommercial, a real race team."

Magnussen made his Formula 1 début in 2014 with McLaren. He found himself without a drive the following year, but picked up a seat at Renault in 2016.

The 25-year-old then made the decision to move to Haas at the start of 2017. He'll stay with the team next year - the first time he's had year-to-year continuity in his Formula 1 career.

"I feel very at home, very happy," Magnussen replied when asked if he now felt settled in the American team. "It's nice to be in a team that's very simple."

The Dane said he relished the access he now had with the team's senior management, including team principal Guenther Steiner.

"You just go and speak to them," he said. "They're all there in the debriefing. They don't have to speak to any sponsors or anything, they're in the office with us. A part of everything.

"I really enjoy working as a team, as a whole," he added. "Not just working with the engineers and mechanics. It's really one team."

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