Kevin Magnussen hits back at 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix criticism

The 2023 Las Vegas GP was controversially received by many F1 fans and drivers

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Kevin Magnussen has sternly told critics of the 2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix to keep their opinions to themselves after F1 received plenty of criticism for putting more focus on the show over the racing.

One such critic was Max Verstappen who declared that the situation at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit was not the F1 that he fell in love with, whilst Fernando Alonso said that the layout of the track doesn’t suit the cars.

But the Danish driver who drives for Haas, the only American team on the F1 grid, rushed to the aid of the organisers by telling those with negative views to refrain from airing them in public and noted the privilege of complaining F1 drivers.

“It’s okay to have an opinion,” Magnussen told the press. “But maybe you should keep them to yourself.

“At the end of the day, we all have a pretty good salary, we live a good life, and that’s all because of that.”

In fairness to Magnussen’s view, Verstappen has since changed his attitude to the race and looks forwards to returning in 2024 whilst Lewis Hamilton described the circuit as “fun”.

Alonso even conceded that the problems with the race might get better as the years roll on and changes can be made.

Kevin Magnussen during 2023 Las Vegas GP | Haas F1 Team / Andy Hone / LAT Images)

Magnussen’s Las Vegas struggles

The 31-year-old Danish racer had qualified ninth in the Mojave Desert but unfortunately he and his team, had slipped to 13th come the chequered flag, 44 seconds off the lead.

Magnussen is now 19th in the drivers’ championship with three points, trails his teammate Nico Hulkenberg by six points after another unimpressive showing in Las Vegas, with the recurring theme of tyre degradation a problem in Nevada.

“I think the tyre wear and the pace were good this time,” said Magnussen. “But we didn’t score any points, so something else has to happen.

“We have to analyse it and see what we can do better, there was a big improvement in the track during the race. But that’s okay, and part of the challenge.”

When is the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

It’s almost time for the curtains to close on the 2023 F1 season, with a few things still to be settled and put to bed in the United Arab Emirates such as whether Ferrari will catch Mercedes to finish second in the constructors’ championship or not.

The Abu Dhabi takes place this weekend – November 24-26 – with the race starting at 17:00 local time, which is 13:00 in the UK. F1 fans in the USA will be able to see the race from Yas Marina at 08:00 EST, and 05:00 PST.

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