Kevin Magnussen enjoys the chance to race again after boarding a sports car in 2021. In F1, combat points are said to be “old” at best.
Magnussen sees his time with Haas in F1 ending in 2020 as the team chooses to introduce a whole new lineup of drivers for the next season and has completed a four-year mission. I did.
The former F1 podium finisher chose to participate in sports car racing in 2021 and joined Chip Ganassi Racing’s new DPi team at the IMSA Sportscar Championship.
Magnussen has partnered with Renger van der Zande for a full-season Ganassi entry, and his debut will take place at the 24 Hours of Daytona later this month.
Magnussen hasn’t been on the podium since finishing second at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix McLaren debut and won the final race in the title-winning Formula Renault 3.5 campaign a year ago.
Dane said the possibility of fighting again to win the race is “extremely exciting” as he has spent the past few years fighting around Point with Haas.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait,” Magnussen told autosport.
“It makes everything easy. I’m not sad that Abu Dhabi is my last F1 race. I’ll miss driving a car, and especially I’ll miss the guys on the team.
“But instead of being sad about not participating in F1, I can’t help but look forward to the next and just feel excited.
“Everyone, including me, wants to go to F1. That’s what I’ve always dreamed of. But after a while, if you don’t win the race, even scoring isn’t that exciting.
“At Haas, we’ve done quite a lot. Not so many these days, but even in the top ten, it’s old.
“If you are a real winner, that is not a real goal. It will not satisfy you.”
Magnussen finished fifth in a four-year stint at Haas, but finished tenth at the Hungarian Grand Prix, scoring just one point throughout the 2020 season.
Haas has dropped to 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship over the past two years and has participated in most of the “Class C” battles in 2020 with Alfa Romeo and Williams.
Magnussen explained how difficult it is for drivers to make a difference due to differences in car performance in F1 and was excited by the prospect that IMSA could make a difference again.
“In Formula 1, you need a great car to win the race,” Magnussen said.
“Of course, once in 1,000 times, the person who isn’t in the best car can win, but it depends on luck. That requires a pretty extreme situation. You can’t go out. Do it with and make the difference. It’s really impossible.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the morning and thinking about how much I’m looking forward to winning Daytona, Sebring, Laguna Seca and more.
“They are some pretty great race tracks and races I’m looking forward to.”
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