Magnussen: “Red Bull Ring reminds me of a go-kart track”


Red Bull Ring reminds Kevin Magnussen of a go-kart track Credit: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Kevin Magnussen is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix, a circuit that has been entertaining whenever he’s raced there.

The Haas F1 Team driver had an exciting Azerbaijan Grand Prix, after picking up the team’s best result of the season with seventh, earlier in the race he briefly challenged for the podium. With a chaotic race that saw two safety cars and a red flag deployed, Magnussen was able to have his moment in third, one that he did get a little excited about.

He was unable to take the VF-17 home in third though, with everyone around him starting to improve their pace and with Magnussen staying out of trouble seventh was on the plate for him. Magnussen is scoring points on a regular basis for Haas and for him before each Grand Prix he feels that he can fight for points.

“I definitely feel that at each race points are possible,” said Magnussen. “Which is a really cool feeling. It’s good going into every race knowing that you can fight for something. It’s cool.”

The Austrian Grand Prix marks the start of the European tour, a five-race slate that kicks off in Austria before moving to England and then Hungary, Belgium and Italy. For Magnussen, the European chapter of the Formula 1 Championship feels a bit more like home and feels a lot less stressed as they don’t have to deal with jet lag.

“No matter where we are. It’s always quite nice in terms of things like our hospitality. We have our own chefs at the track cooking for us. It’s always quite luxurious.

“It’s still nice having the European season because it feels a bit more like home. It’s nice not having those long trips. It’s a bit better for stress levels as we don’t have to deal with things like jet lag and all that.”

Whenever the Dane has raced at the Red Bull Ring, it’s been entertaining.

“It’s a little bit unique” added Magnussen. “It’s a very small area.

“It kind of reminds me of a go-kart track in that you can basically see the whole track from the grandstands. It’s quite nice and compact, but still with some fast corners and long straights, giving some opportunities to overtake. When I’ve raced there it’s been entertaining.”