Kevin Magnussen is adamant that he will not resort to pleading to management at the Renault Sport F1 Team in order to keep his seat at the Enstone based establishment next year, as he feels by just doing the best that he can, it should be enough to show the right people the potential that he brings.
The Dane was drafted into the newly structured Renault Sport F1 Team this season alongside Brit Jolyon Palmer, in what was a youthful driver line-up, but one with the potential to progress in the future. It was always going to be tough going for the French squad, who returned to the F1 fray as a constructor in 2016, following a buy-out of the Lotus F1 team, who were unable to continue their campaign due to immense financial strain.
Magnussen has scored the team’s only points so far this season, after coming seventh at the Russian Grand Prix, a race where the Dane and Renault were able to hold their own against the midfield pack, but have since struggled to show the same kind of performance at subsequent grand prix.
Speaking to Autosport.com recently Magnussen spoke of his situation, which he deemed to be ultimately out of his hands.
“There’s nothing more I can do or say.
“I’ve had some good opportunities to show what I can do. I’ve clearly got the most out of the car in qualifying the majority of the time, and also scored the only points the team have claimed this season.
“I know it’s not my decision – if it was I’d have a very long contract – but I can only do my best and see what happens.
“I’m not going to beg for it [a second year]. I’m going to do my best on and off-track and then we will see.”
The pressure will be on the Dane in the second half of the season, as a number of current drivers have also been linked to the seat, including current Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon who will get behind the wheel as a F1 driver for the first time this weekend, when he heads out on track at the Belgian Grand Prix for the Manor Racing Team, after replacing the outgoing Rio Haryanto.
Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez, who has not yet signed on the dotted line with the Silverstone based squad, has also been named as a potential candidate for a move to the French team, after Renault Sport Chiefs confirmed they were looking for a team leader to take the squad forward. Team Principal Fred Vasseur also recently hinted that discussions could take place at some point next month, but that the team would make the decision when they were ready.
After seeing his dream cut short by the McLaren F1 team at the final hour back in 2014, which cost him a drive elsewhere for the following season, Magnussen is well aware that you can take nothing for granted in F1.
“Every season in Formula 1, unless you are on a long-term deal, you are fighting for your future every single race.
“There is not a race you are not under pressure. It’s an exam every single time you are in the car.
“That’s natural, it comes with the territory in Formula 1, and we know at this point in the season there is a lot of talk around drivers, whether they are going or staying.
“I learned from the last time I was in Formula 1 that you can’t ever feel secure, so I’m just trying to do my best, working as hard as I can and as closely as I can with the team.”
The Dane confirmed that no talks regarding his future had taken place over the summer break, and so for now all the 23-year-old can do is put in the performances on track, and play the waiting game.