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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen hails F1 drivers' unity during Jeddah meeting

Following a missile attack on an oil storage facility close to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Friday, Kevin Magnussen says a subsequent meeting of all the drivers fostered a good sense of camaraderie and togetherness.

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Kevin Magnussen has hailed the united front that F1 drivers put on as they discussed between themselves the implications of a missile strike close to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Friday.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend was marred by the attack on an oil depot located some 20km from the track.

Following the strike, all 10 Team Principals engaged in lengthy talks between the Saudi government, F1, the FIA and their own drivers on Friday evening.

Following reassurances that it was safe to continue the event, the teams voted unanimously to proceed.

However, the drivers proved harder to convince, with talks between them stretching long into the night, and Magnussen talked up the unity and togetherness on display.

"It was great to see that we could actually get together and talk about things and work together in a united effort," Magnussen told media including RacingNews365.com.

"Obviously, [it was] not a nice situation, and no one felt comfortable yesterday, and everyone had fears and worries, so it was good to have that meeting.

"It was very long, but we learned a lot of things in that meeting, and came out a little wiser."

Magnussen eager for more dialogue

Magnussen's thoughts echo those of Valtteri Bottas, who also spoke of the camaraderie that the meeting had helped foster among the 20 current F1 drivers.

Magnussen added that he hoped the drivers would continue to discuss and debate issues of mutual concern.

"It's what we need to do with those issues that we don't feel comfortable with," said the Dane.

"If everyone doesn't feel comfortable with the same issue, then of course, something has to happen.

"Whether it be this thing or the other, if there's something that we all agree is not optimum, then we need to get together and change."

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