MONTREAL ফিরে Returning to Formula One after his life seemed to be over, Kevin Magnasen said Thursday that he was living a dream that even a disappointing engine failure and a string of DNF nightmares could not wake him up.
Magnusen, who reached the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend after starting 127 Formula One, is still chasing a first win but the Hass driver sounds more like a world champion than a man who failed to finish three of his last four races.
Hard-charging Dan started an eyeball for his F1 comeback, picking up points in three of his first four races, including a great fifth place in the Bahrain season opener.
“Never feel sorry for us,” Magnusen told Reuters. “When you get the chance through the back door you don’t expect it to be so easy to enjoy and appreciate.
“I was hoping that Formula One would be a turning point in my life. I never dreamed it would happen. It’s more than a dream come true. “
Magnusen’s return is the second in a career that began with McLaren in 2014 and stalled a year later in 2015.
On his birthday it was announced via email that McLaren was removing him, he joined Renault on short notice before the start of the 2016 season and left the US-owned smile for 2017.
At the end of the 2020 season, Haas broke up with both Magnassen and Roman Grosszin for the son of seven-time world champion Michael and young gunman Mick Schumacher of Russian Nikita Mazepin.
Magnussen said he gave up hope of returning to Formula One until Haas team boss Guenther Steiner offered him a seat in the sacked Magpin.
A second chance and the birth of her first child last year brought a new perspective that the team’s Ferrari engine and aerodynamic issues are not the only issues of reliability that could force the FIA to take action on Thursday.
“I don’t build engines,” said Magnassen, who has scored 15 points this season. “I can’t influence it in any way so there’s no point in worrying about it.”
Dan, 29, has adopted a similar approach to “porpoising”, where cars bounce dramatically through the water at speeds as fast as porpoises.
The FIA was asked to act after Lewis Hamilton suffered severe back pain during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday.
“So the FIA can take action there and do the right thing when the parties can’t agree on what they can never do,” Magnusen said.
“It was a problem for everyone but at the end of the day we took our work.”
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