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Kevin Magnussen: 2017 F1 cars to ease overdriving issues

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Haas racer Kevin Magnussen believes that the new-for-2017 Formula 1 cars will ease his overdriving issues.

In a bid to make cars several seconds per lap quicker and improve F1’s on-track spectacle, 2017 heralds the introduction of revised technical regulations.

Magnussen has joined up with Haas F1 Team for 2017 after leaving Renault, and thinks that the new-style cars will suit him better.

“I’m a driver that if I have a problem, it’s most of the time because I’m overdriving. I naturally tend to overdrive the car,” Magnussen said.

“These new cars will probably suit that than less downforce. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun to drive.

“If our expectations are true, then they’re going to be the fastest Formula 1 cars ever probably. That would be exciting.”

With the cars expected to be more physical to drive, Magnussen said he has put in extra work over the winter break to build up his strength.

“I’ve definitely stepped it up over the winter. This winter it’s been mostly about training,” Magnussen said.

“I’ve not traveled anywhere, on occasion I’ve stayed at home to train with my fitness trainer in Denmark.

“That’s because we don’t really know how fast these cars are going to be and how physically demanding they’re going to be. You just have to prepare as best you can.

“We’ve been working more on strength, which can make you a bit heavier. It hasn’t made me so much heavier. I’ve gained a bit of muscle weight, but not much.”

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.