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Magnussen, along with McLaren, Renault and Haas, started the 119 Grand Prix in F1 for seven seasons, scoring 158 points. However, as Haas chose to drop both him and his teammate Romain Grosjean at the end of last season, Chip Ganassi Racing re-entered the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as he had no choice. Magnussen has signed a contract to race the Cadillac DPi-VR.

28-year-old Dane talks about how grateful he is for the new environment. Even though the car is lower tech than before, you can get a lot of satisfaction by driving a 5.5-liter V8 prototype.

“I really enjoy Cadillac,” Magnussen said. “I feel like I’m back in the excitement of being a race driver in the first place. This may sound strange, but the car isn’t easy to drive and it’s good!

“The Formula 1 car is great and obviously the fastest car in the world. I am very grateful that I realized my dream of racing in Formula 1. But in reality the car is easy to drive. A good race driver If you put them in an F1 car, they will say the same thing. Electronic systems control most of the car’s performance. With Cadillac, you have much more control over as a driver.

“And sound! Formula 1 engines sound like a kind of” somehow “recently. Listen to the engine behind you in Cadillac and you’ll know you’re in a race car. “

He admits that the ability to compete for victory after directly witnessing the era of dominant F1 with the Mercedes-Benz AMG F1 also added to his view. Ganassi won the GT Le Mans class two more times, the Rolex 24 Hours six times, and five overall championships.

“I was impressed with the professionalism of [Ganassi] It’s the organization when I visited the Indianapolis shop, “says Magnussen. “They clearly have a commitment to victory. Of course, every team wants to win. But when they talk to Mike and Chip, they say only Competition to win. They are either not happy with the second place or are just on the podium.

“When I started racing, and throughout the early part of my career, I did it to win. That’s why I wanted to race. Also, by winning the race, yours I wanted to advance my career. [But] In Formula 1, you have no chance of winning unless you are with the top team or perhaps the second team. Your goal is to finish in the top 10 and earn points. ”

Magnussen and his full-time teammate Rengar Van der Zande (who won the Rolex 24 and two of the last three Petit Man races in Wayne Taylor’s Cadillac) and Michelin Endurance Cup partner IndyCar. He said he enjoyed the exchange. The legendary Scott Dixon.

“In F1, the biggest opponents are teammates,” he says. “The best way to get to one of the top teams is to beat your teammates, so I don’t want to help him in case he helps him and damages his career.

“This is not the case. It’s really fun to work with Ranger and Scott. If you ask a question or see something they can make you better and you faster. , They will do their best to help you. The same applies to me. It’s a real team effort. ”

# 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR of Kevin Magnussen, Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon.

Photo: Michael L. Levitt / Motor sports image

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