Kevin Magnussen stated he returned to System 1 with Haas in 2022 freed from the purpose to grow to be a System 1 World Champion.
Magnussen got here into System 1 as part of the McLaren staff in 2014, his profession getting off to the right begin as he claimed a podium on debut, securing P2 on the Australian Grand Prix.
That proved to be the one podium in Magnussen’s profession although earlier than he left the sequence on the finish of 2020, at that stage unlikely to return as he went looking for a sequence the place he might rediscover the successful feeling.
However when Haas eliminated Nikita Mazepin from their line-up forward of the 2022 season, it opened the door for Magnussen to make a comeback, having raced with Haas between 2017-20.
And now that he’s again, Magnussen stated he’s racing free from the self-inflicted weight of turning into World Champion in System 1.
“I feel it’s completely different. Once more, as a result of I closed that chapter and I type of bought to some extent the place I accepted that that wasn’t going to occur,” he stated, quoted by Motorsport.com.
“And now coming again, I simply take it as day-by-day type of factor. I attempt to concentrate on the job, try to have enjoyable, push every little thing I can.
“I don’t really feel like I’ve this massive weight on my shoulders of expectation. I’d like to be System 1 champion. It’s nonetheless as a lot a dream, however I don’t assume I’ve the identical type of expectation. If it occurs, I’d be tremendous comfortable.
“And I’m right here now within the sport, I’ve a seat, so every little thing is feasible. However I don’t really feel like some weight off my shoulders [sic].”
Magnussen would clarify that whereas he left System 1 a annoyed determine after the 2020 season, sad about what he couldn’t obtain, his season away made him respect what he had.
So this too performs an element in his new mindset after returning.
“Yeah, that occurs to everybody, no matter it’s. Typically whenever you lose one thing, you realise what you had,” stated the Danish racer.
“And definitely, after I was out final 12 months, I regarded again at my System 1 profession and felt very grateful all of a sudden.
“I used to be grateful earlier than, however not in the identical method. I used to be extra annoyed with a number of issues and so centered on the place I wasn’t: centered on the truth that I wasn’t successful, somewhat than truly comfortable about being in System 1.
“I wasn’t actually capable of respect it, so issues have modified a bit of bit.”