Magnussen rules out return to F1 – “It wasn’t rewarding enough”

Former F1 driver Kevin Magnussen ruled out a return to F1, saying it wasn’t fulfilling for him.

Magnussen spent six seasons in F1. He raced for three teams, namely McLaren, Renault and Haas during his time in the sport.

However, he had a bad final season with Haas, scoring only one point after taking P10 at the Hungarian GP. He then left the sport as Haas replaced him and his teammate with an all-new rookie lineup for 2021.

A whole year later, Magnussen ruled out a return to F1, saying his time in the sport was rewarding, but unfulfilling.

“The rest of my career will be only racing with a hope of winning,” the 29-year-old told RACER.

“Whatever I do, I won’t go into anything if I know I can’t win, ever again.”

“I’ve been there, done that. It was a great experience, I love that I was able to do it. I dreamed about Formula 1 ever since I was a little kid, so I really feel privileged to be able to fulfil my dream and be there and actually have a career in Formula 1.”

Kevin Magnussen sitting on the side of the grid. Bahrain December 2020
Magnussen (pictured) had a mixed seven years in F1. Source:

Need the satisfaction

“I was there for seven years and I enjoyed it most of the time. But sporting-wise, as an athlete, it wasn’t rewarding enough to be in the position I was in,” the Dane continued.

“It’s really good to be here (in the US) and have that spark back. You can go into every weekend and you can smell blood, and it just gives an extra sort of energy I haven’t had in a while.

“It always limits you. Whatever I do, I want to commit. Winning is the main focus and the main priority. To win in these things I’m doing, you can’t do it with your left hand, you know? You need full focus and full commitment.

“I don’t want to do things by half, but we’ll see what the future brings. I’m still fairly young and hopefully have a lot of years in motorsport left when I can hopefully realise some of my motorsport fantasies,” he concluded.

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