Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul believes that Kevin Magnussen is ready to lead Renault’s return to Formula 1 this year.
The 23-year-old Danish driver received an F1 lifeline earlier this year when he replaced Pastor Maldonado in Renault’s line-up. Magnussen has already held initial talks with the Renault boss over its third driver role but was promoted to a full-time race driver in the wake of Pastor Maldonado’s demise following contract issues between Maldonado and the Renault team.
On January 2016, reports emerged that the Danish driver was set to replace Pastor Maldonado at Renault, partnering with Jolyon Palmer for the upcoming season, following a contract issues. On February, Renault has finally confirmed reports about Magnussen joining Renault’s 2016 campaign.
A son of four-time Le Mans class winner and former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, the young magnussen The Danish’s 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series title made him a hot commodity in the F1 market, with McLaren Racing dropping Sergio Perez, giving Magnussen his F1 debut. But Magnussen still need to step down to a reserve role to make room for the returning Fernando Alonso.
The Danish driver finished on the podium in his grand prix debut in Australia in 2014, but lost his McLaren race seat to Fernando Alonso at the end of the campaign.
Magnussen admitted that his F1 career was in jeopardy and made a keen statement about this. “Hopefully I’ll prove many points,” Magnussen said, via the Eurosports.
“I’m extremely motivated after a whole year away. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines during the races for so many weekends and I’m hungry to come back and prove my worth. I’ve raced my whole life and I’m extremely hungry and keen to get in a race car again and even more so with Renault Sport,” Magnussen added via the Eurosports.
After being released by McLaren-Honda Racing Team, Magnussen was reportedly to have been in talks for the Haas F1 Racing Team. The Danish driver had reportedly been in talks with Manor Racing in Formula One as well. Magnussen has tested a Mercedes DTM and Porsche LMP1 cars, this hinted that the 23-year-old driver may have plans outside F1 racing, including IndyCar.
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