Kevin Magnussen: Interlagos “a real driver’s track”


Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Kevin Magnussen heads into the penultimate Grand Prix of the season at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace this weekend eager to come away with a strong result for his Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

The Dane is still uncertain whether he will be retained within the Enstone-based team for 2017, but around a circuit with so much history, he believes it will be a fantastic weekend in Brazil.

“Brazil is a legendary weekend,” said Magnussen. “It’s got so much about it, many of my idols have raced at Interlagos in the past. In my childhood it was always the last race so it had that championship presiding feeling about it.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it’s not the last race anymore as it feels like it should be but it’s still a fantastic weekend nonetheless.”

Magnussen remains excited about the challenge to come this weekend, and admits it will be crucial to get everything out of every lap if the team are to be competitive in front of the passionate Brazilian fans.

“I know a lot about the circuit and it’s one of those famous places that’s so ingrained in Formula 1 history,” said Magnussen. “It’s a short lap, it has a go-kart feeling to it as you are having to turn all the time and it flows quite nicely.

“Interlagos, like Austin, is one of only a few circuits that run anti-clockwise, so it’s cool that these two races are close together on the calendar. From the first corner onwards, it’s a really exciting circuit and there are quite a few overtaking opportunities, especially in the first sector. It’s a real driver’s track and pretty bumpy all the way round, so set up will be crucial to getting the most out of a lap.

“The South American fans love their Formula 1 too, so I’m excited about getting out there. But, as a driver, Brazil is another race and we’ll give everything we have to come away with a decent result for the team.”