Kevin Magnussen Reveals a Shock Interest from Toro Rosso in 2019
Kevin Magnussen is out of the head of motorsports. The Dane drove for Haas final season, earlier than being changed, together with Romain Grosjean. However, a special sequence of occasions might have seen him driving for Red Bull as a substitute!
Back in 2018, Daniel Ricciardo determined to depart Red Bull and signed with Renault. This left the storage subsequent to Max Verstappen vacant for the 2019 season. So, Kevin Magnussen and his associates inquired about this racing seat –
“When we spoke to them, it quickly became clear that they had a candidate for the Red Bull seat. (Pierre Gasly, ed.)”
As you may see, it was a lot after Red Bull had chosen to advertise Pierre Gasly from Toro Rosso. Naturally, this additionally left the seat at their sister outfit open. So, they mentioned this chance with the Danish driver. Appearing a visitor on TV3’s Formula 1 studio, he informed BT –
“But they mentioned that there would be a vacancy for Toro Rosso. It was not a question of them submitting a contract or the like, but it was clearly an option.”
Why did Kevin Magnussen reject Toro Rosso?
Toro Rosso had additionally determined to let go of Brendon Hartley, that’s why each the seats had been vacant. So, Red Bull had been scrambling to fill these seats up and requested Magnussen to hitch palms with them.
However, the Dane simply had the most effective season of his profession with Haas. The American outfit completed in fifth place within the 2018 constructor’s standings. They had been a lot forward of Toro Rosso when it comes to efficiency, particularly on the engine aspect.
“We chose not to pursue the opportunity because I was really happy with Haas and believed that we could continue the positive development we had through 2018,” stated Kevin Magnussen.
In hindsight, that turned out to be a poor resolution from Magnussen. Haas dropped to ninth place within the 2019 standings, whereas Toro Rosso bagged a few podiums. Looking on the present state of affairs, the brand new rebrand AlphaTauri is wanting even sharper on the grid. So, it was a call that Magnussen might not wish to look again on.
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