Kevin Magnussen admits he thought his F1 career was a ‘closed chapter’ before being handed shock chance to return and replace ousted Russian driver Nikita Mazepin

Kevin Magnussen admits he thought his days in F1 were behind him before Haas boss Guenther Steiner asked him to come back as Nikita Mazepin’s replacement. ‘I was in a happy place when Guenther called me, a good place,’ Magnussen said. ‘2021 was really enjoyable for me, I had a daughter, moved back to Denmark, did a season in IMSA which I enjoyed a lot too, had fun, did an IndyCar race, did Le Mans with my Dad, so I wasn’t really thinking about F1 a lot. It’s hard to imagine that that isn’t what Haas will be this season but the Dane admits it didn’t take him long to change his mind. When asked what made him change it, Magnussen said: ‘I don’t know but I did. ‘I think it’s one thing saying all that stuff when you don’t have an opportunity to go to F1, then when you actually sit with an opportunity to go back it’s different.

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