Kevin Magnussen: “The high speed corners at Silverstone are great”


MAGNUSSEN Kevin (dan) Renault F1 RS.16 driver Renault Sport F1 team ambiance portrait starting grid during the 2016 Formula One World Championship, Grand Prix of Austria from July 1 to 3 , in Spielberg, Austria - Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI - Credit: Renault Sport

Renault Sport F1 driver Kevin Magnussen has always been a fan of coming to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, and with no race taking place in his own country of Denmark, it is an event that feels like a home contest for the Dane.

“It’s one I look forward to. There’s a great atmosphere with all the fans who are always so enthusiastic for the race and you feel all the excitement when you drive in each morning.

“Unfortunately, there’s no Danish Grand Prix so I do look on this one as being almost a home Grand Prix for me. So many Formula 1 teams are based within an hour of Silverstone that many other teams and drivers look on it in a similar way, so this does give it a special feeling.”

Magnussen loves the challenging nature of the Northamptonshire track, as well as the atmosphere and huge support that can be felt exuding from the big crowds usually in attendance throughout the weekend.

“The high speed corners are great, particularly Maggots and Becketts and you really feel like you’re driving a Formula 1 car the way it’s meant to be driven. It has a great flow to it and there’s usually a full crowd cheering you on.”

Having scored points when driving for the McLaren F1 team two years ago, when the Dane bagged a solid seventh place, Magnussen is hoping that he can emulate that result when he takes to the track at Silverstone this weekend.

 “I scored points there in Formula 1 in 2014 so to repeat that this season would make me and the team happy.”