By: Myanna Wedes.
Fans across the globe love a good story and the return of Kevin Magnussen to the paddock and full-time racing is one of those stories. To race under immense pressure after time away from the sport like he is doing is a credit to Magnussen’s attitude after a poor experience previously being sacked from the team and then to be invited back in 2022 is incredible. The lifeline that was provided by Haas F1® Team has also been rewarded thus far with the Dane finishing fifth in the Bahrain season-opener. In addition to this, Magnussen also finished ninth in Saudi Arabia and this weekend in Australia, everything is up for grabs!
We are excited to see what takes place this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix and know in the meantime, fans will enjoy listening to the podcast with some further insight from Magnussen himself ahead of a very sunshine-filled weekend of motor racing. Be sure to click on the links below and enjoy listening.
“In The Fast Lane”:
Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s In the Fast Lane podcast ahead of the return of F1® at Albert Park this weekend, Magnussen says he’s approaching 2022 with a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude.
“I’m way more relaxed – because this opportunity came so surprisingly, I can’t help feeling so unbelievably lucky to be where I am,” Magnussen said.
“Haas built a hell of a car this year that, if we’re lucky, we might get a podium at some point.
“I really had got to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to be driving F1 anymore. Now, because I’m back, I can race with no fear of losing this opportunity. I can give it all that I’ve got, and if I mess it up, I don’t care.”
Magnussen, whose father Jan raced in F1® from 1995-98, is driving alongside second year F1® racer Mick Schumacher at Haas. Magnussen feels his partnership with the 23-year-old Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, can see Haas fight at the front of the midfield all season.
“I’m pretty excited about working with Mick – he’s a super-nice guy and he’s great to have in the team because he’s someone who works really hard, someone the whole team likes to work for,” Magnussen said.
“He’s been very open, he’s keen to learn, he’s been asking questions. He’s obviously a super-talented driver, he really deserves to be in Formula One. Last year he had a teammate who wasn’t really pushing him, so I think it’s great how we’re now in this position where we can push each other. “Hopefully we can both start scoring points soon and get this team in a great position in the constructors’ (championship).”
The In The Fast Lane podcast is available on Spotify, Google and Apple Podcast platforms.