This coming weekend, Kevin Magnussen, like many of his colleagues, will make his debut at the Turkish Grand Prix. In an interview, the Haas driver said what he thinks about the circuit in Istanbul and summed up the past stage in Imola.
Q: In Imola, in the two-day race weekend between the only training session and qualification, you had only two and a half hours to analyze the collected data and prepare the car. Does the rider’s experience matter in this situation?
Kevin Magnussen: I liked that we only had one workout. As a result, I had to quickly get involved in work – there was no time for buildup. In the pause between training and qualifying, we had a lot of work because we had to make a lot of decisions. We usually take them after the second training session or after the third, if the decision is really serious. In Imola we had little time to deal with the car.
Q: What can you tell us about your race in Imola?
Kevin Magnussen: I started well and climbed from 17th to 13th, but then Sebastian Vettel turned my car around – it was very unpleasant. I continued and felt that the car was practically not damaged. I started attacking in the hope that leaving the safety car would help me get back into the race. It is important to always attack as much as possible, even if it seems that the situation is not in your favor.
Imola has a great track, and behind the wheel of Formula 1 is generally one of the best in the world. I liked it, even though I dropped out of the race. I was having problems with the gearbox, which made the task more difficult. In the end, the team called me to the pits.
Q: This weekend you will again come to a new track for yourself – this time in Istanbul. Do you like that this season has many new stages?
Kevin Magnussen: Overall, I like city and old tracks. There are also a few new rather steep racing tracks, but they are less exciting because they have no elevation difference, flat curbs and wide departure zones. It feels like you’re driving through a large parking lot between white lines, which isn’t very interesting.
It’s great that Formula 1 comes to such tracks as in Imola and Suzuka, and in the future it will come to Zandvoort. The old tracks are just cooler. City tracks are also exciting – there you fly between city walls at high speed.
Q: What do you expect from the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix?
Kevin Magnussen: I am looking forward to coming to the new track. Istanbul has a modern track, but it looks pretty interesting. There are some fast corners there, and I expect that in modern cars we will pass them with the gas pedal to the floor. Anyway, from what I’ve seen, the track looks great.
It is good that during preparation it is possible to watch recordings from cameras on cars from previous races. This gives an idea of the trajectory and which curbs and bumps are best avoided. In any case, I will learn a lot more about the track when I drive it myself.