Kevin Magnussen has voiced his support for his 2022 Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, after it was revealed that the German would be replaced at the American outfit next year by Nico Hulkenberg.
Schumacher leaves Haas after two seasons where he occasionally showed a good turn of speed, but blotted his copybook with several high-profile accidents that drew the ire of Team Principal Guenther Steiner.
Magnussen has himself twice returned to an F1 race seat after spending a year on the sidelines, and said his own experiences showed that it is possible to come back to the sport.
“It’s a double-sided thing,” Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“On one hand, it’s exciting, getting someone like Nico in with all his experience and capabilities. And on the other hand, I feel bad for Mick because I know how that feels, and I’ve been in that situation myself.
“I think Mick has done a good job this year, and I like him as a person as well. I think it’s easy to feel bad for him.
“F1 is tough, but it’s also possible to make it back. I’ve done that twice, and I hope he can keep fighting and try to make it back.”
Why Schumacher needs to stay positive
Magnussen’s second F1 comeback came this season when, after having left Haas at the end of 2020, he returned to the outfit just 11 days before the start of the 2022 campaign, promptly scoring Haas’ best result of the season with fifth place at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Dane added that Schumacher should try to stay upbeat as he seeks to return to the sport.
“Keep training, keep positive, stay close to whatever team he’s going to be involved with,” Magnussen said when asked what the German should do in order to make a comeback.
“I’m quite positive we’ll see him back on the grid. I certainly know what it’s like in his position right now, but I also feel like when I’m saying, ‘Keep at it’, that it also has some weight.
“I’ve come back twice to the sport, I’ve shown that you can never say never in this sport, and there’s really a reason to hang in there.
“I like Mick and I think he deserves a spot on the grid, and I believe that there is a way back to F1 for him.”
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