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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen not interested in returning to F1's midfield

Former F1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he will "never again" compete in any category of motorsport where he does not have a chance of taking a win.

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Kevin Magnussen has ruled out the possibility of ever returning to Formula 1 in the midfield, with his focus now solely on winning.

The Danish driver was left without a seat when his stint with Haas came to an end after the 2020 season, and prior to that he raced for McLaren and Renault. His best result came in his first F1 race at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, where he achieved his first and only podium by finishing second.

Since leaving the sport, Magnussen has won in the IMSA SportsCar Championship as well as making a one-off appearance in IndyCar.

"The rest of my career will be only racing with a hope of winning," he told RACER.

"Whatever I do, I'm not going to go into anything if I know I can't win, never again."

Magnussen on F1 midfield: "Been there, done that"

When questioned about whether he would accept a drive with an F1 midfield team if it was offered, Magnussen said: "No, I've been there, done that.

"It was a great experience, I love that I was able to do it, I dreamed about Formula 1 ever since I was a little kid, so I really do feel privileged to be able to fulfill my dream and be there and actually have a career in Formula 1.

"I was there for seven years and I enjoyed it most of the time, but sporting-wise, as an athlete it wasn't rewarding enough to be in the position I was in.

"It's really good to be here [in the United States] and have that spark back. You can go into every weekend and you can smell blood, and it just gives an extra sort of energy that I haven't had in a while."

Open to various opportunities in motorsport

In 2022, Magnussen will compete in the World Endurance Championship for Peugeot, and he is enjoying having the chance to try out different categories of motorsport.

"That IndyCar race came up two days before and I jumped in," Magnussen explained.

"I knew it was going to be difficult, with no testing and first practice is your first time in an IndyCar, on a track that you never raced on before and stuff like that, but it was one of those things where I didn't want to say no. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I thought, why not?

"That's the fun part of this chapter of my life, I can just kind of have fun with what I’m doing. I don't need to be doing anything, I just do it because I love racing and have a good time.

"I'm looking at everything. One day I wake up and think 'Ah, Dakar is pretty cool!'. You know? That's the beauty of it, motorsport is fun. There's not anything I don't want to do really."

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