Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen wants shot with a bigger team
Magnussen is under contract Haas through the 2020 Formula 1 season
Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he wants to move to a bigger team for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Magnussen, 27, is staying at Haas next year, but he told the Danish B.T. newspaper that he is not content to just stay in the midfield forever.
“I feel that I am in the queue of drivers who deserve a seat in a top team,” Magnussen said at Suzuka before finishing 17th in the F1 Japanese Grand Prix. “But what you feel is not so important. The only thing I can really do is deliver, and then trust that the people around me can open some doors.
“I’m only 27 so I think I am at the right age and experience.
However, Magnussen has yet to deliver results. In 98 career F1 starts, his only podium finish came in his first F1 race — the 2014 Australian Grand Prix for McLaren. He is currently 15th in the Formula 1 Driver’s Standings after finishing ninth in 2018.
Magnussen said recently that he is relieved to have stabilized his career at Haas, after troubled short stints at McLaren and Renault, but he is now starting to look further up the grid.
“I would like to sit in the best possible seat for 2021,” he said. “I’m open and relaxed about it. It’s not something I’m thinking about right now, but I do need to think about it eventually.”
In the past couple of years, Magnussen has earned a reputation for being a bad boy on the circuit.
“It was not a conscious strategy,” he said. “It was not about getting respect. I just look at the rules in the same way as I look at the white lines on the track — the closer you get to them, the faster you drive. There’s no need to give the white lines any space.
“I try not to read what is written and said about me, because the attitudes I need from the team and from my bosses is full respect.”