Kevin Magnussen: No McLaren help in 2016 Renault F1 deal

Kevin Magnussen says he did not receive any help from McLaren in securing his race seat with Formula 1 rival Renault

Kevin Magnussen: No McLaren help in 2016 Renault F1 deal

McLaren chose not to renew Magnussen's reserve driver deal late last year, with Ron Dennis saying the team did so because it did not want to hamper his chances of a race seat elsewhere.

McLaren chairman Dennis said at the time "we will do all we can to help him successfully embark on the next chapter of his racing career".

But when asked if he received any assistance, Magnussen said: "No, McLaren didn't help me."

Dennis later said Magnussen did not achieve goals set out for him for 2014 but the Dane replied he "did not know" what Dennis was referring to.

BEN ANDERSON on why McLaren dropped Magnussen

After spending last season on the sidelines and without a deal to race in another series, Magnussen is looking forward to the opportunity to race again.

"It's nice to have a fresh start," he said. "I'm happy to be with this team. It's a brilliant opportunity.

"I feel much more relaxed this time, I felt a lot of pressure the first time round with McLaren.

"I feel pressure now but in a more positive way.

"I feel more ready, I feel good."

IAN PARKES: Why Renault is asking for patience

Magnussen says Renault must be patient as it looks to recapture former glories, echoing the comments made by Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn.

"You can always hope, but it is important to be realistic about where we are," he said.

"It's a completely new set-up but Renault has done this before, the exact same set-up and I believe they will do it again.

"But you have to be patient as well, things don't just happen.

"So we will be realistic and take it race-by-race and just race as hard as we can."

shares
comments
Why Renault is asking for patience

Previous article

Why Renault is asking for patience

Next article

Michelin still wants F1 return and thinks it has 2017 rules answers

Michelin still wants F1 return and thinks it has 2017 rules answers
Load comments
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Plus

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021