Former Haas Driver Open to an F1 Return if ‘a Mercedes or a Red Bull’ Come Calling

Published 06/13/2021, 5:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay


Former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen is open to a return to Formula 1 particularly if it’s Mercedes or Red Bull. The Danish driver came up through the ranks of the McLaren’s Young Driver Programme and drove for them in 2014, before a brief spell with Renault in 2016. Magnussen drove for Haas from 2017 until the end of the 2020 season.

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Although he wants to drive for Mercedes or Red Bull, he himself believes it’s quite unlikely for Mercedes or Red Bull team principals to be ringing him up.

Meanwhile, Magnussen’s comments suggest that he is not desperate to make his comeback and rather happy to compete in the 2021 Weather tech Sportscar Championship.

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What did Kevin Magnussen say about his Mercedes & Red Bull chances?

“If I had a Mercedes or a Red Bull, I wouldn’t say no. I don’t think many racing drivers would, but that’s not going to happen,” said Kevin Magnussen.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“As I said before, I’m very, very happy with the opportunity that I had in Formula 1. Not many people get to have that many years in Formula 1. I’m super happy about that and I had some great experiences. Having said that, I feel fresh motivation, and I feel like it’s fun again.”

Magnussen feels for his former colleagues.

Kevin Magnussen expressed sympathy for his former team, Haas. After six rounds, Haas remains at the bottom with zero points in the Constructors’ Championship just ahead of Williams. But there were some promising signs from the Haas rookies as they secured their best finish in F1 at Baku, with Mick Schumacher finishing at P13 and Nikita Mazepin finishing at P14.

“I feel for them. They’re great people. I have many friends and they’re kind of like family to me so, I feel for them,” said Kevin Magnussen.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He added, “But I’m sure it’s going to get better for them when these new rules come in. There will reset basically all the teams. Of course, it’s still going to be the big teams at the front, but I hope it’s going to be a little closer.”

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