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Magnussen Voices Regrets as F1 Career Dims

27/06/2024

Magnussen reflects on his fading F1 journey and prepares to depart from Haas, signaling an end to his premier class racing era.

Kevin Magnussen still hopes to be in Formula 1 next year. His seat at Haas F1 seems threatened, as the team is expected to soon confirm Ollie Bearman and is still looking to sign Esteban Ocon. He mentions discussions with other teams.

“I am an active participant, I am in contention for a few seats,” Magnussen stated. “I think that’s a good thing and that everything is very open right now. I think there’s a good chance that the established guys will end up getting a seat anyway. From my point of view, there’s a lot of potential in this team.”

“It feels like there’s always been potential at certain times, the peaks have been very high, you look at the best races we’ve done, the best races of any year, it was pretty good.”

“But there has never been a podium, and there has never been a season where everything worked and the consistency was good. It feels like there’s potential and you see the talent within the team and almost unrealized potential, I think it’s very rewarding to be part of that.”

However, the Dane admits he would have regrets about his F1 career if it were to end after this season: “But on the other hand, it’s also been a long journey, I’ve been in the midfield virtually every year I’ve been in Formula 1, and I’m 31 years old.”

“I’m starting to think that if I ended my career in motorsport having only been a midfield F1 driver, I might feel a bit empty in a way.”

“I look at some of these races, Le Mans, Indy 500, and I see the guys who win, they seem damn happy, you know, and I think fortunately, there’s also a good life outside of Formula 1. I’ve been part of it several times when I wasn’t in Formula 1, and it’s a great life, but I’d say there’s a bit of pressure.”

A better life outside F1?

Magnussen isn’t afraid of a future without Formula 1 in his life, quite the opposite. The Danish driver is now a father of two children, and his family life is also a priority he’ll be delighted to highlight if his career in the premier category comes to an end.

“When I think about my future, I don’t feel that if I’m not in F1, my life will be bad. Rather the opposite, there’s a significant cost to being in Formula 1 and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it because it’s 24 races, being a family man, it’s a high cost.”

“It’s not just those 24 races, it’s also a lot of other things and it fills your year 100% and it’s not easy to do anything else. And I am passionate about many things, particularly in motorsport, but also outside.”

“The dream has always been to succeed in Formula 1, to win races and championships in Formula 1, but after 10 years in this sport without really achieving it, maybe it’s starting to feel old.”

Magnussen appreciates the honest discussions with his boss, Ayao Komatsu: “What I appreciate the most, even though I’m not part of his day-to-day management, is that he is very open, very honest, I feel I can trust him. He doesn’t hide the fact that he’s also talking to other drivers, he’s open about it and I appreciate that much more.”

“In the past, I’ve had team bosses who weren’t honest and who said yes, which I don’t appreciate, but I think that’s part of the game. I’m not surprised he’s talking to other drivers, he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t, I appreciate his openness and let’s see what happens.”

Haas Driver Magnussen Set for Final Lap. Haas Driver Magnussen Set for Final Lap

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