Is Kevin Magnussen set to quit F1? Haas driver drops major hint

Kevin Magnussen joined the sport in 2014 and has remained ever since except for 2021.

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Kevin Magnussen prepares to quit F1 as he declares there is more to life than being a midfield driver, hinting at potential careers in IndyCar and the World Endurance Championship.

The 31-year-old, who is the father to a little girl, criticised the demand placed on competitors from the gruelling calendar as he declared he has other passions and wants to win races again whilst being more of a family man.

The Dane joined the sport in 2014 when he replaced Sergio Perez at McLaren, before he went on to race for Renault and Haas. He re-joined the grid in 2022 after briefly being fired in 2021 as Guenther Steiner opted to sign Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, but now he seems ready to close this chapter of his life.

“I’ve been sort of in the midfield pretty much my whole career, every year that I’ve been F1 and I’m 31 years old,” Magnussen told members of the media, including Total-Motorsport.com, at the 2024 Austrian GP.

“I’m starting to also think that if I finished my motorsport career, having just done F1 in the midfield, that kind of feels maybe empty.

“I watch some of those races, [24 Hours of] LeMans and the Indy500 and I see the guys that win that they look bloody happy. I think there’s great outside options of F1. I’ve been part of it a few times when I wasn’t in F1 and it’s a great life and it’s pulling a little bit.”

Magnussen added: “When I think about my future, it’s not like if I’m not in F1 that I feel it’s going to be a bad life at all. I feel a little bit the opposite. There’s a big cost of being in F1 and sometimes I question whether it’s worth it, because it’s 24 races being a family man.

Kevin Magnussen during practice for 2024 Australian GP | Haas F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen during practice for 2024 Australian GP | Haas F1 Team

“It’s a high cost, it’s not just those 24 races. It’s a lot of stuff as well and it just fills your year 100%, and it’s not easy to do anything else, and I’m passionate about a lot of things, especially in motorsport but also outside of motorsport.

“The dream has always been to succeed in F1, to win races and championships but after 10 years of not really getting there, maybe it’s getting old.”

If Kevin Magnussen does quit F1, he would be the latest of a string of modern drivers who have expressed a desire to focus on their personal and family lives more in the wake of the ever-expanding calendar including Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Perez.

Even the current world champion has alluded to quitting as Max Verstappen says he won’t commit his entire life to the sport if it continues to add races and tamper with the structure, assuring people he will not be in the grid by 2034.

Kevin Magnussen during the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Haas F1 Team / Zak Mauger / LAT Images
Kevin Magnussen during the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Haas F1 Team / Zak Mauger / LAT Images

Magnussen still chasing F1 future

Magnussen expressed an interest in remaining in F1 as long as he can find a competitive car and admitted he’s talking to other teams too, with seats at Williams, Mercedes, Sauber/Audi and Alpine vacant.

But despite that, he did warn of the potential Ayao Komatsu’s team has as they look to get up the grid to challenge for podiums for the first time in their F1 history and have always managed to find good results with the packages they turn up to races with.

“I am an active participant,” Magnussen said of the driver market. “I’m in contention for a few of the seats and I think that’s great, and I think it’s all very open at the moment. I think there’s good chances for the established guys to end up in a seat.

 “From my perspective, I feel like there is a lot of potential in this team. It feels like there’s always been potential showing at times, like where the highs have been very high. Like, if you take the best races in any year, it’s been fairly good.

“There’s never been a podium here though and there’s never been that season where it’s just all worked out and consistency has been good. It’s like there’s potential and you see the talent in the team and it’s almost like some unfulfilled potential that I think would be quite rewarding after so many years to be part of that.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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