Magnussen: Drivers don’t get that rusty

Jamie Woodhouse
Kevin Magnussen 2020 pa

Kevin Magnussen 2020 pa

Several drivers expect chaos when Formula 1 returns with everyone rusty from their extended break, but Kevin Magnussen doesn’t.

With no racing for the F1 drivers since pre-season ended in February, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton were among those to say that everyone will be “rusty” when the action resumes.

That date hopefully will be July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix, but Magnussen says the drivers won’t be as “rusty” as some are making out.

“It wouldn’t fear me, but it would be exciting in a way,” the Haas driver 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.”

Magnussen drew on his own experiences after going from his last start with McLaren in 2014 to his Renault debut in 2016 with very little racing, and certainly no time in an F1 car.

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

“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 accepts that getting all the measures in place for a safe Austrian Grand Prix will be tough, but he is certainly “up for it”.

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

“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 getting back on-track nonetheless.”

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