Kevin Magnussen: “I feel I’m ready to race in Monza”

Kevin Magnussen talks ahead of the Italian Grand Prix - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Renault’s Kevin Magnussen feels fit and ready for the Italian Grand Prix after suffering a huge crash in Spa, Magnussen suffered a bruised ankle but will be ready to race in Monza.

“It was a big crash and I was sore but fortunately had nothing worse than a bruised ankle,” said Magnussen.  “I’ve had some more checks in Denmark and am working with my physio to keep fit.

“I feel I’m ready to race in Monza. The FIA will of course have the final word but I really want to and I’m confident that by then it will be fine.”

Monza is always special for all the drivers because of the historical nature of the track and the passion of the fans. Magnussen feels that the Italian Grand Prix in a special event and is a great spectacle for fans and drivers a like.

“There are many reasons, but I think that the fact it has so much history makes it a special event. The track is unique as well, with very long straights and slow corners. It does have some high speed corners that are a challenge too, so it’s just really cool. Added to that you have one of the best atmospheres of the season.”

Even though the Danish driver suffered a massive crash, he can still take some positives from Belgium and looks forward to racing in Italy.

“Belgium was good and we did improve over the weekend. Italy is another track and while it does have some of the same characteristics it’s not exactly the same. What we have learnt is that we have to take each circuit as it comes and react to the situation you find yourself in. I expect it will be hot again too, so I need to stay focussed. You can’t really prepare for the heat – you just need to stay hydrated and stay in the shade.”