Magnussen: 2017 my 'most fun' season
18 November 2017 – Kevin Magnussen has labelled 2017 as his "most fun" season of competition, as he prepares to bring his first year with Haas to a close at next weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Magnussen entered his third full Formula 1 campaign with his third different team this year, having switched to Haas, following his rookie campaign with McLaren (2014) and a spell with Renault (2016).
Magnussen holds 14th place in the standings, having taken five points finishes, with a best of seventh in Azerbaijan, and reflected positively on his first campaign with Formula 1's newest entrant.
"It's been a really good season," said Magnussen.
"In terms of results, we could've gotten more out of it. Performance has been there to score big points on a few occasions, but we've missed out due to bad luck or reliability issues.
"I think we could've had a little more to show with a bit more luck, but it's been a really enjoyable season, and I've had the most fun racing that perhaps I've ever had."
Magnussen also believes that Haas, still only in its sophomore season, has made substantial progress through the course of the campaign.
"It's hard for people to see what progress is being made from the outside, as a lot of the stuff doesn't pay off straight away," he explained.
"A lot of the stuff you improve and develop. It's about the little steps, and when you do a thousand of them, you make progress and the benefits become visible.
"Each time you make a step, it's not always visible. I can certainly see from the inside how we're building up and improving. There's still a long way to go and I'm happy I'm a part of it."