Kevin Magnussen Q&A: Monaco Grand PrixMay 24, 2022
Kevin Magnussen previews this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, his first race in the principality since 2019.
Round 7 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship takes Formula 1 to the Principality for the Monaco Grand Prix. With these new cars that are able to follow for longer, do you expect there to be more opportunity for racing?
“I think these cars are a lot better in terms of being able to follow closely and race closely, but I still think Monaco is a tricky enough place that perhaps we won’t see such a big difference there. I think Monaco is the one place where it’s still an awesome race even though maybe overtaking isn’t the main attraction there.”
When discussing all the headline events that the Formula 1 calendar now includes, you’ve said you’re in favor of Monaco remaining on the schedule. Why do you have such a fondness for the event and why in your opinion is Monaco still a jewel in the crown for the sport?
“I just think that it’s one of the tracks that, to me, is really in Formula 1’s DNA. I understand that maybe it’s not the most exciting race on a Sunday, but I think the weekend as a whole has a lot of value – it’s truly an exciting race weekend.”
This will be the first season that the Monaco Grand Prix follows a standard three-day event format, as previously practice sessions took place on Thursday with Friday serving as a ‘day off’. What impact, if any, does that make to preparations, and what did you use to do with the free day – sightseeing around the Riviera or working with the team at track?
“I used to do some media and sponsor activities on a Friday, so I don’t know how it’s going to be now but I’m sure the team will find a way to keep me occupied – they always do.”
Your last race around the streets of Monte Carlo was in 2019, and with the track having zero margin for mistakes how hard is it to get back into the rhythm of driving around one of the narrowest circuits in the world?
“It’s hard, and that’s why it’s fun, it’s such a crazy place to drive a Formula 1 car. I think we’re very used to it – seeing Formula 1 cars in Monaco – but actually if you think about it, it’s crazy. The streets are so narrow, and the cars are so fast. It’s phenomenal, a lot of fun.”