The MoneyGram Haas F1 Team had a solid showing, with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg putting in some impressive work. Starting on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow medium tires, the duo battled it out in the midfield group, with Magnussen making a pit stop on lap 8 to switch to the White hard tires. Hulkenberg followed suit three laps later, and the pair emerged in 11th and 12th place respectively after the pit stop phase.
Things got even more exciting when a safety car period was triggered by Lance Stroll’s car coming to a halt on lap 17. Magnussen and Hulkenberg used this opportunity to push ahead, chasing down AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda. Magnussen made some gutsy moves before finally overtaking Tsunoda on lap 46, securing a top 10 finish and the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team’s first point score of the 2023 season! Hulkenberg finished strong in 12th place, ensuring a two-car finish for the team.
At the front of the pack, it was a Red Bull Racing one-two finish, with Sergio Perez taking the checkered flag ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen. Mercedes driver George Russell rounded out the podium in third place. All in all, it was an electrifying race that had fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish!
Despite a shaky start to the weekend, Kevin Magnussen of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team managed to secure a point in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He praised the team’s turnaround after finding a groove in qualifying and managing tires well, allowing him to make a late move and clinch a top 10 finish.
It was eventful. It’s always a massive challenge here on this track and it was tight. On one hand I’m disappointed I missed out on a point, but on the other hand I’m very pleased that I completed the race and we’ve learned a lot. The underlying positive news is that we’re competitive. It was difficult to judge in Bahrain with damage, but here today we’re definitely competitive in the midfield and that makes me happy.
Guenther Steiner, the Team Principal of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team, expressed his delight in securing the first point of the season. Despite not being lucky with the safety car, he praised the drivers for their hard-fought performance and the team’s flawless execution all weekend. Steiner also noted their newfound confidence in the car’s competitiveness and looked forward to the upcoming races with cautious optimism.
Formula One Jeddah Grand Prix 2023 – race results
The full race results can be found here.
With the first 2 races of the season finished, we will now leave the middle east and move on to race number three in 2 weeks time at the Melbourne Circuit in Australia.