Magnussen: 'Mentality' so completely different between endurance racing and F1

Forward of his Le Mans debut, former Haas charger Kevin Magnussen has highlighted the clear variations that exist when it comes to “mentality” between endurance racing and F1.

After a six-year spell in Formulation 1, Magnussen headed to the US initially of 2021 to use his abilities to sportscar racing with Chip Ganassi racing within the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

The 28-year-old Dane loved his first 24-hour expertise at Daytona again in January, however Magnussen’s journey to Le Mans this week with Denmark’s Excessive Class LMP2 outfit holds a particular significance as he’ll be racing together with his father Jan, a four-time class winner within the Sarthe with Corvette.

“This took place as a result of I’m racing within the WEC with Excessive Class Racing and so they received an additional entry for Le Mans,” defined Magnussen Sr, who raced in F1 within the Nineteen Nineties with McLaren and Stewart.

“Nicely, that was the chance and we grabbed that instantly. However the staff knew that it was a dream of ours for a lot of, a few years, in order that they had been okay with it instantly and we began searching for funding.

“Fortunately, we’ve been speaking about this in Denmark to the Danish press a lot that each firm that we approached, knew why we had been calling and really very quickly a number of firms purchased into the dream of this father and son pairing.”


The daddy and son Magnussen pairing, joined by teammate Anders Fjordbach on the wheel of Excessive Class’ Oreca 07 Gibson, will line up twenty fifth on Saturday’s rolling grid.

Kevin Magnussen outlined the principle variations that separate F1 from lengthy distance racing when it comes to the contrasting mentalities that exist within the two disciplines.

“On the finish of the day it’s simply making an attempt to drive quick anyway, however I believe in a 24-hour race, the mentality is completely different,” stated the previous Haas driver.

“You’re having to look ahead to this point. In a Formulation 1 race, you’re extra inclined to take danger at first of the race when everybody’s shut collectively, for instance.

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“Whereas in a 24-hour race, that doesn’t make a number of sense. Right through the race you get in conditions, let’s say with six hours to go, and you are feeling such as you’ve executed a protracted race already, you are feeling such as you’re getting in direction of the top, and also you begin combating, and then you definitely keep in mind, it’s nonetheless six hours to go.

“So, judging when to essentially take danger towards the others is one factor that I might say is completely different, just like the mentality of racing different folks.”

Magnussen is clearly no stranger to racing amongst a pack, however a midfield battle with rivals in F1 affords little similarities to managing visitors at excessive pace in sportscar racing, not to mention for twenty-four hours.


“And then you definitely’ve received the entire visitors administration, if you’re in a prototype at the very least,” added the Dane. “The GTs are managing it too; they’re getting overtaken on a regular basis.

“However I believe that’s an space that’s actually attention-grabbing. In Formulation 1 you begin the race, and after the primary lap mess is finished, then you definitely fall right into a rhythm. And very often you could have that rhythm for the entire race.

“Whereas right here, you’re all the time on it. Like mentally, you’re making an attempt to evaluate how briskly you’re approaching, if you happen to can overtake right here or await the following [corner], which method to go round and likewise utilizing the GT visitors to both assault or defend from the opposite prototypes.

“That half I actually like, and for a 24-hour race, and even two hours of 24 hour race in one of these racing is extra intense in some ways than a Formulation 1 race, after which we do 24 [hours]. So it’s fairly cool.”

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