Despite Good News, Kevin Magnussen Injury Update Robs Him of Golden Racing Opportunity

Published 01/20/2023, 7:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen after qualifying in seventh place REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The motorsport season has begun for 2023 and especially everyone is keenly gearing up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. But, Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen unfortunately will miss out on the famed endurance race due to a recent surgery. Magnussen was hopeful to participate in the 24 Hours of Daytona this year. The Danish driver had even entered officially alongside his father, Jan Magnussen for MDK Motorsport.

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According to Autosport, Magnussen stated how he is gutted to miss out on this opportunity. Kevin said in a statement, “I’ve been advised by the doctors not to drive the race next week. The surgery went well, but I need to rest as much as possible to be fit for [a] fight before we begin preparing for the F1 season.”

The surgery was for a cyst on his Magnussen’s hand. Doctors had to remove it before Kevin’s primary F1 campaign starts. The surgery going well was certainly good news for the Haas driver. Though, doctors also advised him to rest and not race at Daytona. So, the latest injury update has robbed Magnussen of a golden racing opportunity at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Jan 30, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; IMSA Series driving team of Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway, Pipo Derani and Chase Elliott (31) during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin said on the same, “It’s a shame. I’ve been looking forward to that fantastic race and to get a new chance to drive with my father and MDK Motorsports. I’m wishing the team a great weekend at Daytona.”

Magnussen was entering Daytona with his father, Jan Magnussen, Mark Kvamme, and Trenton Estep in the GTD class. Though, Jason Hart will take his place to drive the Porsche 911 GT3 R, run by MDK Motorsport.

Surely, Kevin Magnussen would have loved to get some adrenaline at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Dane has always found racing in American series quite cool. But now he has some time to kill watching the 24 Hours of Daytona and waiting for the F1 season to start.

3 American Tracks where Kevin Magnussen would love to have an F1 race

Kevin Magnussen had been racing in the IMSA series in America during his year off from F1 in 2021. The Haas driver may have returned to F1, but he still chimed in with some thoughts about his IMSA experience.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 17, 2022 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen arrives ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

During this conversation with the Insider, Kevin named 3 tracks in America he would love to see F1 cars race. The first one Magnussen cited was Watkins-Glen. F1 has raced at Watkins-Glen in the past during the 60s and 70s. Kevin also hoped that Road America and Mid-Ohio circuits could also see some good F1 racing.

While Kevin mentioned that the latter one is quite not realistic, nothing goes in keeping hopes. Nonetheless, Magnussen will want to focus on making the most of his F1 return now. After a Viking comeback and an awesome conclusion to last season, the Dane would be gearing up to keep up the momentum.

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The epic comeback culminating in a pole position at Brazil must have lifted up Magnussen’s spirits. Despite missing out on Daytona, he would be happy to make more strides in the 2023 F1 season. What do you think of Kevin Magnussen?

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Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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