Magnussen offered Haas drive for 2017

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In the round-up: Haas have reportedly offered a race seat to Kevin Magnussen for next season.

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23 comments on “Magnussen offered Haas drive for 2017”

  1. A bit of swipe there from good old Marko eh?

    Seb’s frustration seems to be boiling over. Perhaps he’s realizing that Ferrari are in a bigger mess than he initially thought? If anything, Ferrari have gone backwards, Seb has gone backwards. Kimi seems to be keeping calm and Kimi-ing on, but perhaps thats simply down to where Kimi is in his career.

    Seb’s frustration is getting the better of him, and its quite surprising. I always imagined that he would be Schumacher-esque when it came to mental strength, thats not proving the case though is it.

    I’ve never agreed with Dr Marko ever before, but I have to this time. When you are a champion in any sport, society and your peers expect a certain degree of decorum. Agreed that Seb’s lost it under immense pressure in the heat of the moment, but even then, one would expect a certain degree of control, from someone as accomplished and senior as Seb. Not that I have any love for Charlie Whiting mind you!

    However, I think via this episode, we’ve just been give a peek into a man who isn’t a happy chappy.



      @jaymenon10 – someone ought to make a t-shirt out of that for Vettel.

    2. The worst thing of it is, that he is not just venting his emotions by shouting and cursing (in Mosley’s days that would have been a potential DSQ or race ban in itself!), but that he then loses control of himself in the car too – I think he was really just that frustrated that he did not want Ricciardo to get past him yesterday when he moved to the side with Ricciardo there, under braking and with no where to go.

      1. He moved under braking, but there was space. This was no Max on Kimi.

    3. “Seb’s frustration is getting the better of him, and its quite surprising. I always imagined that he would be Schumacher-esque when it came to mental strength, thats not proving the case though is it.”

      What are you on about? He showed plenty of it from 2010 to 2013. Being frustrated by BS stewarding decisions is fair reason to vent – Senna 1990 @ Suzuka being a prime example.

  2. Imagine if Lewis behaved the way Seb did? One can only imagine the vitriol comments and newspaper articles written about him. I mean, look how the media went after him over Snapchat and him (or someone in his team) blocking journalist on twitter?

    1. Both act like spoiled babies…

      Both have fun with the press…

      The difference?

      One is a 3X WDC and one is a 4X WDC…

  3. He needs to be fine or not being able to compete in one
    race due to his disrespect, cursing and constant whinning. He cursed and disrespected Alonso,Max,Dani and massa and Charlie among others. In the last race he constantly complained about everything and also disrespected and curse Alonso. The way I see it, He has crashed many times other drivers in the first lap this year. And what he did to Dani about changing direction or moving while braking was quite dangerous and the other drivers doesn’t expect that kind of move. This was discussed yet he did not care.

  4. No doubt some people will still be able to pick faults with that Verstappen tweet, but in my mind he’s not only bang on but showing a desire for a discussion on what the rules should be, whereas Vettel for instance wanted that discussion then decided to break the new rule.

    1. Verstappen translation: I have never done anything wrong in my whole life! These life long F1 types are ALL wrong!
      What do they know?
      End of translation.

  5. With the Mexican GP done and dusted, it’s no surprise to learn that Gutierrez will not be retained by Haas (if they indeed hire Magnussen) and it perfectly explains his public demand directed at the team before the race. With the passionate Mexican crowds, the reaction would have been similar to what would happen should Mercedes announce that they are not extending Hamilton’s contract a few days before the British GP. Not that the two are in any way comparable in sporting terms, just emotional response from the fans.

  6. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    31st October 2016, 10:01

    A month on from a casual phonecall with the Andretti Autosport IndyCar team, Magnussen now looks like he has the choice of two F1 teams for 2017. Quite a turnaround, but does he deserve it?

    His F1 career has featured some truly excellent performances – his P7 in Russia perhaps even supersedes his debut podium – but it has been padded out by more mediocre performances. I don’t think he was ready to be Renault’s team leader, which, in fairness, has much to with the fact that it is only his second competitive season in the sport, but then again, I think Renault could have reasonably expected more of Kevin this year. In Mexico both he and Palmer had the same total of no experience at the track, yet Palmer finished ahead despite starting from the back.

    However I sense a greater reserve of potential with Kevin. He was stunning in the 2013 Silverstone Young Driver’s Test, and together with a second year FR3.5 title (versus Palmer’s fourth year GP2 crown), he arrived in F1 with as much of an eminent back-catalog as any of the current generation. Renault clearly agree, given that Palmer is their third choice for the remaining seat behind Kevin and Ocon.

    1. @william-brierty That’s a balanced view that I largely agree with. Put it this way: If it is a choice between KM and Ocon who’s free of all his obligations to Merc and can be a Renault driver for many years I’d choose Ocon on account of him being probably the greater potential and a Frenchman to boot. But if the choice is between KM and developing young Ocon for Mercedes, no way I’d choose Ocon

    2. Evil Homer (@)
      31st October 2016, 10:32


      With the way Renault have enacted their ‘We will interview all possible driver options then consider our current drivers’ program I think K-Mag would like to tell them where to go Seb-style and head to HAAS. But seeing how Romain has described it as the best car he has ever driven to now un-driveable Kev may be smarted to stay put I think. Give it a red hot go against Hulkenburg next year and that result will probably make or break him.

    3. Actually, Magnussen in FR 3.5 was far from impressive. In the year he debuted, a rookie took the championship. In his own championship, a rookie far outshone him. Frijns, Vandoorne. Magnussen is of the category ‘meh’. Good, not great. F1 field filler. And with the F1 field stronger than ever, I see no reason for him to stay as the leader of a factory team.

  7. “Lewis went into the corner first, and came out first. That’s okay.” – I agree with Nico on that statement, but regardless any potential advantage Lewis gained or could have gained by leaving the track got nullified by the safety car, so he didn’t gain a lasting advantage.

    1. The thing that’s bugging me though is that if Hamilton had rejoined immediately without flooring the throttle and Verstappen hadn’t dived down the inside of Rosberg, Rosberg might have been leading the race. Still fair enough though the lack of penalty, but an investigation would also have been fair.

      1. @sravan-pe actually Hamilton did not floored it once he got back on track: he backed off to lose some ground to Rosberg, then the VSC kicked in.

        1. @x303 He did floor the throttle and completely ignore T2.That’s my point. He did indeed back of later on but he failed to lose a position which was a certainty if Verstappen wasn’t in the mix.

          1. He floored on grass which has less grip than tarmac. And lift after rejoining to let Rosberg catch up.
            But in the end, we agree on most points @sravan-pe.

          2. Fair enough. :)

  8. Last 5 laps aside, another boring processional follow the leader drive.

    Apparently racing is forbidden in this modern era.

  9. What’s this about a fist fight between Montoya and Villeneuve in 2001?!?

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