For Guenther Steiner, Kevin Magnussen « is more mature »


Kevin Magnussen had left Formula 1 at the end of the 2020 season and it looked like a goodbye for the Danish driver. For the top category of motorsport at least, because the driver did not remain inactive during his year away from the paddocks of F1. Magnussen indeed frequented those of Endurance by participating in the IMSA with Chip Ganassi and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with High Class Racing alongside his father, Jan. Selected in the Peugeot Hypercar 9X8 program before slamming the door to return to Haas, the native of Roskilde also had the opportunity to do a freelance in IndyCar at Road America with Arrow.

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« It didn’t hurt him, judge Guenther Steiner, the Haas F1 Team principal, who recalled Kevin Magnussen after the departure of Nikita Mazepin. Obviously he’s matured, he was out of Formula 1 and when you’re out of Formula 1 you realize what you’ve lost and getting back into it is something… he didn’t expect to do , I think. He’s just more mature, he has a younger teammate (Mick Schumacher. Editor’s note) who he can be a bit of a father figure with – he’s very young himself, we never forget he’s 29 – but I think he’s matured over the last year and has realized how good it was to be in F1. »

A Haas revitalized by the new technical regulations and a reinvigorated Ferrari engine allowed the revenant to score more points in the first round of the current exercise in Bahrain than the American team had been able to score in the last two seasons. K-Mag even equaled his best result with Haas during this race (5th). The Dane will find a symbolic track at the next meeting of the year, in Melbourne, since it was during the 2014 Australian Grand Prix that he made his Formula 1 debut with McLaren. He took second place there, signing his first and so far only podium in the discipline.

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