Magnussen has little concern over rustiness

Date published: May 11 2020

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Kevin Magnussen does not envisage that much of a struggle for drivers to get back to full race fitness once Formula 1 returns.

The likes of Carlos Sainz has expressed concerns about the physical challenges the drivers will face after being out of a Formula 1 car since February and out of racing action since last December.

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, meanwhile, has predicted there will be plenty of crashes when the sport comes back due to the amount of rustiness.

But, speaking from the other side of the fence, is Magnussen.

“It wouldn’t fear me, but it would be exciting in a way,” Magnussen told Sky Sports F1.

“We’ve been out of it for so long now. But I know that you don’t really forget it. You don’t get that rusty. You get a little bit rusty, but you don’t get that rusty.

“I had a whole season out of a race car in 2015, and that was really out completely out of a race car.

“I had two test days, one in a DTM, one in an LMP1 car, but nothing in a Formula 1 car. So in 2016, winter testing, when I got back in a Formula 1 car, it didn’t take many laps. It felt like I had only been out of the car for a normal winter.

“You pick it up quickly, and it’s been the same for everyone. It’s just exciting, and it would be good to be back.”

Magnussen is well aware of the “big job” that Formula 1 officials have in getting the season started, but he is ready and raring to go.

“It’s going to be a big job to get it done. But anything it takes to get back to racing really, I’m up for it,” he added.

“We need to do everything we can to ensure we do it in a safe way for everyone. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than not racing by a long way. If we all get together, I think we can do it.

“We’ll see what the measures will be and what we’ll need to do, but from what we hear it’s already quite a lot, and it’s going to be very different.

“I’m still looking forward to it, still looking forward to getting back on-track nonetheless.”

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