Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen says that he will not will not take up an offer from the Haas F1 Team to serve as the outfit’s reserve driver during the 2021 Formula One season as he says that his racing schedule will not allow him the time to take up such a role.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guther Steiner said early on Monday that he would welcome the opportunity to work with either Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen again as although they may not be part of the team they are still friendly towards one another.
Magnussen was announced a one of Peugeot’s World Endurance Championship drivers on Monday as the French manufacturer announced its return to top level motorsport.
Magnussen will also compete for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar championship. In an interview following the news that he will compete for Peugeot the Dane was asked:
What motivated you to join Peugeot in their comeback to endurance?
I don’t think it’s difficult to be motivated, Peugeot has a good record at Le Mans. My ambition is to be successful and win it. It wasn’t a difficult decision to join Peugeot given their success in the past not only at Le Mans but also in motorsport in general.
In your career, have you ever shared an anecdote with your future teammates?
I’ve never worked with any of them yet. Of course, I know all of them and was really pleased to see the line-up that we have for the team, they are all incredibly talented and I’m sure we will do a very good job together. I raced Jean-Eric in Formula One, but I didn’t know him well until now. I am looking forward to getting to know them better.
What does endurance and the 24 Hours of Le Mans represent for you?
My dad has been racing at Le Mans for more than 20 years. I always followed the race and have been on-site myself quite a few times. It’s been a dream of mine to race it one day. I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it then with Peugeot.
If I say 24 Hours of Le Mans, you say?
I want to win Le Mans, that’s my goal and my ambition.
What motorsport moment in Peugeot history has been most engraved into your mind?
It is difficult to choose from the 24H Le Mans victories that Peugeot have. I think each one of them represent the success of Peugeot and the capacities of the team. I hope to add one to that list of victories.
What competitive Peugeot car do you dream of driving?
The 905! I would love to be behind the wheel of such a cool car and feel the vibrations and sound beneath me.
What is your favorite meal?
I really like Indian food, like chicken tikka masala.
What is the best meal before a race?
Certainly not chicken tikka masala! I usually have some variety: chicken or salmon or other fish, vegetables and some pasta or potatoes, to get the best kind of calories for good energy.
What is your best quality?
I don’t really like to talk about my qualities,I prefer to be humble and to show what I am made of on the track instead of talking about it.