Danish F1 driver Kevin Magnussen has ruled out any possibilities of joining Haas as a substitute driver. The American team has brought in Mick Schumacher to replace the Danish driver after his contracts with the team ended. The Haas F1 team sealed the deal with Mick Schumacher this season to partner with Nikita Mazepin. Both Magnussen and his fellow driver Romain Grosjean ended their contracts with Haas last season.
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) December 13, 2020
Gunther Steiner, the Haas team principal, was looking forward to keeping both Magnussen and Grosjean as their backup driver. However, the Danish driver responded to comments from former boss Gunther Steiner. He said that he would not have “much interest in that.”
New Chapter for Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen, who recently joined Peugeot for World Endurance Championship, said he would focus on racing for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America.
Very happy to announce that I’ll be racing with @peugeotsport from 2022. I am very much looking forward to start preparing for this journey. The success @Peugeot has had at Le Mans and many other forms of Motorsport means expectations are very high. Let’s do this! 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/87vIWe8xC1
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) February 8, 2021
When asked for comments over Haas, the former McLaren, Renault, and Haas driver said, “Gunther is a good friend, as are many people in the Haas F1 team. But any talk about racing, like a one-off race, I don’t have much interest in that.”
Magnussen further conveyed, “I like to be fully focused on what I am doing and I miss winning. I’ve done seven years of F1, so doing one more race, I don’t think is that interesting. But I have given F1 a very fair shot. I continued to develop as a driver even though the results weren’t getting better, I feel like I am in a very good spot.”
“With the experience I had I felt like I was ready to take some sort of step. I think I have done my best to try to be successful. I’ve done it and feel like I’m ready to go and win some stuff again — that’s really where I’m at.” Magnussen also described moving into sportscars and signing for French automobile giants Peugeot to drive in the WEC as “the perfect step for me”.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) January 30, 2021
When asked if the Danish is calling off his F1 career, he asserted, “If Mercedes came and asked me if I wanted to drive, I think everyone would look at that very seriously.”
No love lost
Steiner affirmed last week that the team had parted ways mutually with Magnussen and Grosjean. The parting “without fall-out” and “wouldn’t mind” having either back. But he also conceded that he had not talked to either of them about acting as a substitute. Nevertheless, Haas is planning to appoint a full-season reserve.