Ex-Haas team-mates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were reunited in Detroit for the first time since they both left Formula 1.
The duo, who had been team-mates at the American outfit from 2017 until the end of the 2020 season, have gone their separate ways with Grosjean now competing in IndyCar and Magnussen now driving in the IMSA WeatherTech Series.
With both series present at Belle Isle, Detroit this weekend, it gave them the chance to catch up with each other.
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) June 11, 2021
“It was great to see him,” Magnussen said via AutoWeek.
“The last time I saw him was in the hospital after his crash in Bahrain, so it was good to see him out there.”
Both Magnussen and Grosjean are already enjoying better success away from the deep and murky world of Formula 1’s midfield and Magnussen always knew his former team-mate had the talent to achieve better results when given the opportunity.
“I’ve won a pole position and he’s been on the podium,” Magnussen continued.
“I always knew he’s a great talent. It’s good to see he showing that in IndyCar. I’ll follow him this weekend. It will be fun to watch him live in IndyCar.
“I feel very privileged and blessed to have been able to be in F1 and have a career in Formula 1, but as I’ve said before, If you know you’re not in the hunt for wins or even the podiums, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what it is. I
“I’ve just missed going racing with the aim of winning. The year, the feeling I have going to races reminds me a little of how it was before Formula 1.
“I’ve kind of missed that feeling.”
Magnussen bagged his first career pole since 2013 in Detroit after edging out Mazda driver Harry Tincknell and, while he loves Formula 1, he loves having the chance to fight for wins more.
He added: “Formula 1 is great. It’s fun to drive the cars, but at the end of the day, you want to do well at whatever you do.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Formula 1 or rental go-karts. You want to win. That’s what it’s all about.
“Coming here, I knew when I signed up with Chip Ganassi I’d have a chance at winning races.
“We haven’t done that yet, but we’ve been leading and in the fight for the win. It’s been more enjoyable than anything I’ve done for the last few years.”