Kevin Magnussen: “I think we could have a fun race”

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Kevin Magnussen is excited to be heading towards the United States Grand Prix this weekend.

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver struggled during the Japanese Grand Prix, only finishing in fourteenth. He was unable to match the progress of team-mate Jolyon Palmer who finished ahead of him in twelfth.

Ahead of the Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Renault are looking over a few areas of which Magnussen struggled with during the Grand Prix in Suzuka.

“We all worked hard over the weekend,” said Magnussen. “The car wasn’t quite 100% to my liking in the race.

“There are a few areas we’re looking at for Austin and I also get a new floor, which usually helps with the overall balance. There were no big issues; it’s just that we knew we could have performed better if everything was perfect.”

Last year the Grand Prix in Austin was disrupted by bad weather as Hurricane Patricia traveled through Texas. Free Practice 2 was cancelled as a result of the heavy thunderstorms. Even with these weather conditions fans still attended the weekend and made it special to the drivers.

The Dane is hopeful of the fans returning to the circuit with calmer weather conditions.

“I do love the United States and I know it well from visiting many times,” added Magnussen. “The race in Austin is a great event and the circuit is really good.

“The fans really get behind you and I’m sure they’ll be out in force as the weather looks like it will be a lot better than all the rain we saw last year!  It’s a good layout that has quite a few different challenges.

“We have seen some decent racing there. Overtaking is possible and there can be a variety of tyre strategies too, so I think we could have a fun race.”