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In the roundup: Kevin Magnussen says he’s confident Haas will be able to get more performance out of his upgrade package after the summer break

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Magnussen confident Haas will get more pace from upgrades

Kevin Magnussen says he is confident Haas will be able to get more performance out of his upgrade package after the summer break.

Magnussen was the only Haas engine to benefit from the team’s first major upgrades of the season at the final race before the break in Hungary. He qualified 13th, two places ahead of team-mate Mick Schumacher, before finishing the race in 16th after first-lap contact resulted in him being given a black-and-orange flag, which jeopardized his race.

“It’s probably going to get better,” Magnussen said in response to a question from RaceFans.

“We’re going to take more out of it and dial it in so the balance is nice and also get more downforce out of it. But it was a positive weekend in terms of getting the car out on track and measuring the data we wanted see. “

Recovering from setbacks key to Formula E title triumph – Vandoorne

New Formula E world champion Stoffel Vandoorne says his ability to recover from setbacks in the race was key to him winning the title this season.

Vandoorne and his Mercedes EQ team won both championships at the final race in Seoul yesterday. He scored points in every EPrix except Mexico City and won just one win in Monaco.

“I think I’ve been very consistent since [Monaco]“, said Vandoorne. “Always qualified in front.

“But even on the days when it was more difficult, that’s when I managed to recover. And I think those are the key moments. I think if there’s one race that comes to mind, it’s the first race in Berlin. I fell back to P12-13 on lap one and with a few laps to go I was still fighting for the win. So those times, they made the championship.

With Mercedes EQ transitioning to McLaren Electric Racing next season, Vandoorne says he will return to the Formula E grid for the first season with the new Gen3 car.

“I will be back next year. I need a bit of a reset after this. Gen2 is coming to an end, we are entering a new era next season which will result in a full reset. I’m just going to enjoy this moment a bit and I’ll be strong again next year.

Dunne extends lead in British F4 Championship with two wins

Irish driver Alex Dunne extended his lead in the British F4 Championship by taking two out of three wins at round seven at Snetterton.

The 16-year-old took victory in the first and third races of the weekend to further extend his championship lead with three race weekends remaining. Dunne is now 66 points clear of Williams academy driver Oliver Gray and 127 points ahead of third McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu.

Gray took two podiums with a third in race one and a second in race two, while Ugochukwu took a weekend podium with a second place finish in race two behind winner Joseph Loake.

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