Renault driver Kevin Magnussen has named Driver of the Year at the recent Russian Grand Prix, after scoring the Enstone team’s first points of the season. The Danish-born driver has finished 7th place to take home six points, moving Renault into the 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Renault Sport Formula One Team has scored its first points of the 2016 Formula 1 season after a superb performance from Magnussen, who finished seventh in the recent Russian Grand Prix.
On Monday, the official F1 Twitter account confirmed the reports and tweeted that Magnussen had won the vote.
Start P17 🚥
Finish P7 🏁
First points for @RenaultSportF1 ✅
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 2, 2016
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) May 2, 2016
The 23-year–old Danish driver has started the grand prix from 17th position on a new super soft Pirelli tires and had not driven in first practice after he was replaced by Sergey Sirotkin. Magnussen’s race was pretty impressive during the second half of the race, marking his and and Renault‘s first points as an F1 constructor since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The race was also Magnussen’s first top 10 finish in F1 since 2014 where he raced for McLaren F1.
Magnussen, after the race, has admitted that luck played a key role in his points finish
“It feels really good to get these points for the team as I know how hard everyone’s been working this season.
“I made a great start, but then lost a couple of positions at the first corner because of a spin in front of me. After that I was pushing hard for the entire race, made some good overtakes and I had a great pit stop from the crew.
“We were a bit lucky today; we’ve been unlucky in the past so I’ve certainly no complaints,” Magnussen said in a statement, via the Grand Prix Times.
Magnussen had his first experience in F1 racing at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test on 2012, where he set the quickest time of 1:42:651. On 2015, he was called to replace the veteran Fernando Alonso in Australian Grand Prix. However, the Danish driver failed to start the race after suffering some technical problems in the formation lap during the race.
After his released from McLaren, Magnussen has confirmed the reports that he was been in discussion to drive for the American team Haas F1, before Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez were picked as the team’s drivers.
On February 2016, Renault finally admitted that Magnussen has joined the Renault F1 team, replacing former Renault driver Pastor Maldonado.
Magnussen has now joined the likes of Romain Grosjean (Australia and Bahrain) and Daniil Kvyat (Chinese GP) on the list of F1 winners of the new F1 award this year.
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