China – Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to stay at Haas in 2019.
At present, the Dane is arguably the quicker driver at the American team he shares with Romain Grosjean.
He puts it down to being under less pressure.
‘I think I’ve always had confidence’
“I think I’ve always had confidence. The difference is that I’m always been much more pressured, Magnussen told BT newspaper.
“I was super-pressured at McLaren and it was the same at Renault because the car was so bad. Now I’m in a very good place in my career with a team that supports me 100%,” he added.
The 25-year-old thinks stability in his Formula 1 career is also helping.
“It’s actually the first time in my entire career – even outside of F1 – that I’ve been at the same team for two consecutive years. And it’s only now that it really occurs to me how important that is.”
Magnussen has therefore staked a strong claim on a Haas seat for 2019.
He said: “There is not much to say about my contract. They have an option on me, and I hope they use it.”