Kevin Magnussen: “Certainly we want to be fighting for points”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 - Kevin Magnussen. Saturday 28th May 2016, F1 Monaco GP Qualifying, Monaco, Monte Carlo - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

After a relatively good start to the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix for Kevin Magnussen, the Renault Sport F1 driver’s efforts were dashed when he collided with the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, ultimately putting an end to the Dane’s race. It was a rash move by the Russian who has been penalised for his part in the incident, however that is no consolation to Magnussen who came away from Monaco with zero points.

The Dane has put the last rounds misfortune behind him however, and is now concentrating on achieving a more positive result in Montreal.

“It’s a cool circuit with a semi-street track vibe to it. It’s quite challenging in its nature with some rapid chicanes and big braking zones. Overall it’s a quite enjoyable circuit to drive and it usually offers a good race.

“When you look back there have been plenty of good races there. I was in the points when I raced there in 2014. Let’s hope for a classic this year.”

Magnussen felt that the upgraded Renault engine was beneficial during the first half of the race in Monte-Carlo, and further performance should be gained at a more power hungry track such as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. With that in mind, the Dane is confident of moving up the pecking order, and finishing in the points on Sunday.

“It’s a more power sensitive track than Monaco so the latest power unit should have more effect there. Hopefully we have more time to get the set-up dialled-in and make use of the upgrades for the car. If we have a good weekend certainly we want to be fighting for points.”