Kevin Magnussen quotes ahead of Belgian Grand-Prix

Kevin Magnussen quotes ahead of Belgian Grand-Prix

22.08.2017: Belgium is the home of Haas Automationís European headquarters. Youíve been to many appearances and interacted with

Belgium is the home of Haas Automation’s European headquarters. You’ve been to many appearances and interacted with many Haas Automation customers. How have they embraced the team and Gene Haas’ endeavor into Formula One?


“It’s always great to meet the Haas Automation guests around the world. It’s great to see how enthusiastic they are about the Formula One project. It’s good to feel like one big team.”
 




There was a time in between the 2008 and 2009 racing seasons where you worked as a factory welder. What was the company you worked for and what were some of the projects you worked on?



“The company was called Schröder Metal. I was basically welding things for shops, signs and so on.”
 




You seem to have a good rapport with Haas Automation customers when they’re at the track. Did that time spent as a welder perhaps give you a good idea of how people make a living with their hands, specifically, how machinists use Haas CNC equipment to build things, just like you did as a welder?


“I have a good understanding of how the customers work and what they do. I feel there’s a good relationship based on that synergy between myself and the whole company.”
 



When you finally got the support you needed to continue your racing career and run Formula Renault in 2009 with Motopark Academy, how big was that moment?


“It was a very big moment and a really good feeling. I was pretty depressed about not being able to race, so when I got the opportunity back it was an amazing feeling.”
 



Spa has been called a driver’s track. Why?


“I think it’s just because it’s an extremely fast, technical and challenging circuit.”
 



Spa has high-speed straights and corners combined with a tight and twisting section, especially between turns eight and 15. How do you set up your car to tackle all the different aspects of the track? Do you have to make sacrifices in one section to gain an edge in other sections?


“No, Spa is just flat out. You’re pushing everywhere.”
 



Can you describe the sensation you feel inside the car when you drive through Eau Rouge and Raidillon? Are you able to take that section flat out?

“I’m sure it will be pretty easy flat out. It’s a bit like a rollercoaster.”
 



How important is it to enter Eau Rouge in clean air to ensure you have the maximum amount of downforce available?


“Not so important. It will be flat anyway.”
 



Do you have any milestones or moments from your junior career that you enjoyed at Spa?


“I’ve won in every category I’ve raced there with the exception of Formula One. I have many good memories from competing at Spa.”
 


What is your favorite part of Spa and why?


“Eau Rouge and Pouhon are probably the best sections, but the whole track is just amazing.”

 


Describe a lap around Spa.


“It’s fast, challenging and fun.”
 
   


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