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Kevin Magnussen testing ahead of his 2022 return to F1 with Haas. His surgery is not believed to impact his 2023 testing schedule (Feature Image Credit: @HaasF1Team on Twitter)
Kevin Magnussen testing ahead of his 2022 return to F1 with Haas. His surgery is not believed to impact his 2023 testing schedule (Feature Image Credit: @HaasF1Team on Twitter)

Magnussen to undergo surgery ahead of 2023 season

Surgery could see impact Haas driver's pre F1 season

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Haas’s Kevin Magnussen’s start to 2023 has become more complicated, as the Dane is to undergo surgery. The procedure could see him unable to race in pre-season races with his dad. 

Kevin Magnussen receives the pole position award from Felipe Massa after securing his and Haas's first ever Pole at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. The Dane will undergo surgery before the 2023 season begins (Image Credit: @HaasF1Team on Twitter)
Kevin Magnussen receives the pole position award from Felipe Massa after securing his and Haas’s first ever Pole at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. The Dane will undergo surgery before the 2023 season begins (Image Credit: @HaasF1Team on Twitter)

The Dane is preparing for his second season after returning in 2022. A successful campaign saw him finish in the points in his first race back in Bahrain. Magnussen proved to be a consistent performer in 2022. He took a memorable first pole position for himself and Haas at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

2022 saw a substantial improvement for Haas. After finishing in last place in 2021 with no points, the team advanced to P8 in the Constructors Championship with 38 points. Magnussen scored 25 of the team’s points, 10 of which he scored with P5 in Bahrain.

However, as 2023 prepares to get underway, Magnussen has suffered a setback, requiring minor surgery to his left hand. This could impact his participation in the Daytona 24 hours. The Dane is set to race in the event alongside his father Jan.

Doubt over Daytona appearance

Speaking to formula1.com, Magnussen explained that a sore wrist led to the discovery of a cyst that needs removing. Adding the procedure is “harmless”, he may need to rest following the surgery, adding “it’s unlikely” he can race at Daytona:

“I had a sore wrist so I went to the doctor to have it looked at and they found a cyst that needs to be removed now so I can be ready for the F1 season.

“It’s a harmless procedure, but I probably need to rest for a couple of weeks afterwards. I need to wait and see what the doctor says, but it’s unlikely that I can race at Daytona.”
If Magnussen can race at Daytona, it will be the second time in three months the father and son team have raced together. In November, both took part in the Gulf 12-Hour Endurance race in Bahrain. As reported by gpblog.com, the duo secured a top-ten finish.
Following Magnussen’s announcement of surgery, Haas released a short statement. It stated Magnussen had updated the team of the surgery but added it expected the Dane to be fully fit for the first pre-season tests in February:  “Kevin Magnussen has kept MoneyGram Haas F1 Team fully briefed on his requirement for minor hand surgery. The team is looking forward to Kevin being at full strength for his pre-season testing commitments starting next month.”
Magnussen’s second year back at Haas has the added element of former rival Nico Hulkenberg as his teammate. The German is returning to his first full-time race seat since 2019, having substituted for Racing Point and Aston Martin in 2020 and 2021.  The team also announced a new title sponsor in the form of money transfer platform Moneygram earlier this week.

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