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Magnussen excited by prospect of “real change” under new Haas leadership

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In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen welcomed the appointment of Ayao Komatsu as the new team principal at Haas.

In brief

Komatsu tackling poor development – Magnussen

Magnussen says he “had a great relationship” with former Haas team principal Guenther Steiner but is encouraged by the direction the team is taking under his replacement.

“I think it’s great that Ayao is already addressing some of the elephants in the room, like our trajectory on development for a season just hasn’t been good,” he told Reuters. “It’s certainly very exciting times for us in Haas.”

Hulkenberg dismisses 2025 contract claim

Magnussen’s team mate Nico Hulkenberg took to social media to correct a false report about his Haas contract. Hulkenberg countered a claim he is already contracted to drive for the team in 2025.

“Don’t believe everything,” he wrote. “Someone took a joke a bit too serious.”

Sauber to auction launch car

Sauber will again auction off their show car in which they revealed the livery of their C44 car earlier this week.

The team auctioned the launch model of the C43, their final car while competing as Alfa Romeo, last year. Having changed identity to that of title sponsors Stake for 2024, the Sauber team will hold an online auction for the car, built by Memento Exclusives, used to reveal their livery for the new season at London’s Guildhall on Friday.

The auction will begin on Saturday 1st March, the same day as the opening round of this year’s championship in Bahrain.

McLaren reveal O’Ward’s livery

McLaren’s IndyCar team have revealed the livery that Pato O’Ward will race in for this year’s IndyCar championship.

All three of McLaren’s drivers in the series will run in different colour schemes for this season: black and papaya for O’Ward, blue and papaya for David Malukas and white and papaya for Alexander Rossi.

The team will also field NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson in a fourth entry in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

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