‘This Thing With Hulkenberg Haunts Me’- Kevin Magnussen Revisits Infamous ‘S*ck My Balls’ Comment

Published 01/15/2021, 4:10 AM EST
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


Kevin Magnussen is no longer an F1 driver anymore. Haas dropped him after the 2020 season in which he only scored 2 points. The Dane had been on the F1 grid for 7 seasons during which he raced for just 2 teams, Haas and McLaren.

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At a team like Haas, it was easy for his career and talent to fly under the radar. But he had made a lot of heads turn on his F1 debut. He was driving for McLaren at the time and won his first and last podium in the sport.

But since then, arguably his most interesting memory in the eyes of fans has been his post-race interview in Hungary 2017. After Nico Hulkenberg called him out for unsportsmanlike conduct on the track, the Dane made the infamous retort, “Suck my b*lls.”

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To this day, Magnussen is haunted by his own remark. He wishes people remember him for his driving than for this specific off-track remark.

Speaking to Motorsport-Total, he said (translated via Google), “This thing with Hülkenberg haunts me to this day. It has become almost annoying to talk about it.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

“There are other things that I will remember. This one thing got a lot of attention, but it is not something I will remember in my Formula 1 career.

Why do people remember that right now? It’s difficult for me to understand. I remember more sporting things and things that happened on the track.”

Kevin Magnussen recalls his podium in Australia

Big things were expected of him after that race in Melbourne. But he never quite lived up to those lofty expectations after enduring an underwhelming season with McLaren that year.

Subsequently, he moved to Haas and seemingly faded into obscurity, racing at the back of the pack.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Nevertheless, he has fond memories of that heady day in Australia in 2014. He said, “(It was) a dream came true. I will never forget this first race.

“I was just afraid to wake up. I was worried that everything was just a dream. It was so surreal that I experienced everything I had dreamed of as a child.”

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With his F1 career now behind him, Magnussen has signed up with Chip Ganassi Racing. He will be racing at the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2021. Kevin will be hoping to win a lot more silverware in America than he ever did in F1.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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