Kevin Magnussen is very well known in the circus for his flamboyant personality on and off the track. Although his not-so-bright results this season, counting only four finishes in the points’ zone and a 15th place in the overall standing, the Danish driver thinks he is worthy of occupying a seat in a top team.
There is to say that the driver is paying the price of driving in a team that is living its dark days, as Haas is struggling to find its way to a competitive car and its sponsors are leaving Steiner’s team.
Yet, Magnussen has full trust in his potentialities: “I feel like I belong to a number of drivers who deserve a seat in a top team. I have all that is required: I have the right age- 27 years old- I have experience so I can definitely aspire to drive for a great team in the future. 2021 could be my year.”
Is Magnussen worthy of having such a possibility?
The 27 years old from Roskilde made his way to Formula 1 in 2012, as part of McLaren’s Young Drivers’ Program and immediately took bosses’ attention by signing a quick time in Abu Dhabi. He took his super licence and in 2014 he was hired in McLaren’s F1 team as a partner of Sergio Perez.
Although McLaren was not at its best, Magnussen gained his first –and only- finish on the podium at his very first race, but then things went complicated and he was left put by the Woking team for the 2015 season.
The Danish did not quit his dream to race in the major Formula and kept training and posting his updates with his personal hashtag #NeverGiveUpOnTheDream, gaining his seat with Renault in 2016 and racing with Haas since 2017 until, at least, 2020, as the American team confirmed him for the next season as well.
Magnussen’s style is always on the limit, he is very aggressive and sometimes a bit dangerous but he is a tough driver and maybe with an important seat he could express his qualities at his fullest.
However, this is a hard time for the Magnussens: not only for Kevin but also- above all- for his father Jan, who parted ways with Corvette after 16 years together.
“I am talking with Kevin about this situation: he tries his best to help me finding a new seat but his contact are in Formula 1 and I cannot aspire to that”- Jan said.
“I am not quitting: I will use all those qualities I have and if he knows something, he will tell me”.
2020 will be a season of answers for the both of them, showing their qualities and hoping for a bright future.