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Formula 1

Magnussen questions Formula 1 cars after departure

Kevin Magnussen is happy to drive a real car in 2021 after comparing F1 cars to airplanes

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Former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen believes Formula 1 cars lack "a little bit of soul" after testing ahead of his debut season in IMSA.

The Danish driver failed to secure an F1 contract for 2021, with Haas opting for an all-new driving pairing in the form of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Magnussen completed his first laps in his Cadillac Dpi-V.R at Sebring recently, and he enjoyed the experience after driving what he called an "airplane" the last few years.

"I've been driving an airplane, basically, for the last six or seven years," he told RACER. "Which is awesome, driving an F1 car is great fun, but it lacks a little bit of soul.

"There's something missing. F1 used to have that, but coming back and driving the Cadillac Dpi has been a real eye opener. The sound and the way the engine responds, even the track. Sebring, it doesn't get more old school than this. It's kind of a dream come true."

Magnussen spoke enthusiastically about his experiences thus far in the lead up to his debut in the North American sports car series, though he admits there has been a bit of a learning curve.

"Everything I look at here is new to me," he continued. "The whole car, of course, but even the language they use to talk about the car, and all the systems, and setup-wise, the language is really different.

"I feel at home straight away. It's been awesome to drive a red race car again."

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