Magnussen refutes rift rumours with Nico Hulkenberg.

Kevin Magnussen will race alongside Haas newcomer Nico Hulkenberg in the upcoming Formula 1 season after Haas decided to part ways with young German driver Mick Schumacher.

Mick Schumacher was beaten several times by the Dane, and due to several accidents that cost the American team millions in repair costs, the Haas team decided to bring in an experienced driver instead of nurturing a young, inexperienced one.

The new teammates haven’t always gotten along, with Magnussen notoriously asking the German to “Suck my balls, honey” after an on-track incident at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.

However, Magnussen is confident that the two will work well together at Haas in the future. Speaking at an end-of-season interview, the 30-year-old said: “At the end of the day, I hope it’s going to be good for the team. I’m looking forward to working with Nico.

“At the same time, I really enjoyed working with Mick and getting to know him.

“What I’m focused on doing is doing the same that I always do, is give my best to the team and try and help as much as I can to move us forward. That’s a standard answer, I know, but that’s really how it is.”

When questioned about his relationship with Hulkenberg, the Dane responded: “Yeah, we’ve never been close, either in the past or anything, but in Bahrain, we met in the airport and caught up for the first time.

“A lot of people think we have some beef going on, but we really don’t.”

With both drivers endowed with enough experience, the Haas team will be looking to improve their position on the championship standings.