Mclaren out­cast Kevin Mag­nussen says that new Re­nault deal has saved his grand prix rac­ing ca­reer

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Kevin Mag­nussen says this year was make or break for the fu­ture of his For­mula 1 ca­reer, fol­low­ing a year on the side­lines with Mclaren.

The Dane, 23, was of­fi­cially un­veiled as a Re­nault F1 driver along­side Jolyon Palmer in Paris last week af­ter Pas­tor Mal­don­ado’s con­tract with the team was dis­solved af­ter a dis­agree­ment be­tween his backed PDVSA and Re­nault.

Mag­nussen – a for­mer For­mula Re­nault 3.5 cham­pion – last raced in F1 in 2015 with Mclaren, when deputis­ing for the in­jured Fer­nando Alonso. Mag­nussen made one of the most suc­cess­ful de­buts in the sport’s his­tory when he fin­ished se­cond in the 2014 Aus­tralian GP. De­spite his solid first year, Mag­nussen lost his seat to Alonso last sea­son, and of­fi­cially parted com­pany with the Wok­ing out­fit late last year.

Mag­nussen said a se­cond sea­son on the side­lines would have been very dam­ag­ing to his F1 prospects: “Two years out would have been the end. If you’re a world cham­pion, you might be able to come back. But in my po­si­tion, be­ing out for two years would have ended my F1 ca­reer. This was make or break for me, and luck­ily I made it. Not many driv­ers get a se­cond chance.”

Mag­nussen added that he was pre­pared to play the wait­ing game with Re­nault un­til the team was ready to fight for podi­ums and wins again. “It’s im­por­tant to be re­al­is­tic about where we are,” he said. “It’s a com­pli­cated new set up, but Re­nault has done this be­fore and I be­lieve they will do it again.

“But you have to be pa­tient. Things don’t just hap­pen. So we will be re­al­is­tic, take it race by race and just race as hard as we can this year.”

Af­ter part­ing with Mclaren, com­pany boss Ron Den­nis in­sisted he would help the Dane as best he could to re­turn to an F1 race seat. But, Mag­nussen says his Re­nault deal came with no such aid.

Mag­nussen will race Re­nault

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