Kevin Magnussen admitted that he enjoys his time in Formula One more than his previous stint.
Kevin Magnussen debuted in Formula One in 2014 with McLaren and left the sport in 2020 after four seasons with Haas. The Dane shifted his focus to sportscar racing, and it appeared that he would not return to Formula One.
The situation has changed in the run-up to the 2022 season. Following the termination of his contract with Nikita Mazepin, he signed a multi-year deal with Haas. Despite taking a year off, Kevin Magnussen finished fifth in his return race. He finished the season 13th in the Drivers’ Championship with 25 points.
Kevin Magnussen revealed that he has low expectations for himself, which makes his second F1 season more enjoyable.
“The most significant pressure is my own expectation,” he explained.
“Ever since I was a little child, I’ve thought of life as being all about Formula 1 and getting to the top of the sport. I used to believe that becoming a Formula One world champion was the pinnacle of human achievement, but that is no longer the case‘.
“That relieved some of the pressure, which was a huge relief. I now enjoy Formula One a lot more‘.
“When I was in that old mindset, it always just felt very scary to be around here because of all that pressure from myself. I was afraid that if I didn’t succeed in sports, I wouldn’t be able to achieve happiness, which is obviously a lot of pressure.”
“Then there’s the pressure from everyone. In many ways, this sport is a tough competition.”
“So I think it’s been a net positive for me. Many people joke that becoming a father costs a tenth or two of your salary, but this is not the case. I believe it is the other way around.”