Former Formula 1, IndyCar and IMSA driver Jan Magnussen was not happy that his son Kevin Magnussen was told by the Haas F1 Team this week that his services will no longer be needed after the 2020 season.
Magnessen didn’t pull any punches when he said that Haas “obviously needs money more than talent.”
Magnussen’s comments came on the same day that the American-based F1 team confirmed that both his son and Romain Grosjean are being ousted at the end of the year for financial reasons.
Though yet to be announced, Haas is expected to field an all-rookie replacement lineup of the heavily-backed Nikita Mazepin alongside high profile Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher.
“It’s a pity that it has got to this in Formula 1,” Jan Magnussen told Danish media outlet BT newspaper. “Of course I don’t think it’s fair. This decision about Kevin has nothing to do with his ability or what he did on the track.”
Jan Magnussen said his son is “not necessarily done with Formula 1,” but he admits that there are “not many options left” on the grid for 2021.
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Dad Jan has another idea he hopes Kevin considers.
“He just needs to look at the other options first. But I would be lying if I said I did not mind driving a Le Mans with Kevin,” Jan said. “It could be huge. But it is not at all at the top of the wish list right now.”
Haas team principal Gunther Steiner doesn’t deny that Haas’ decision is related to money.
“We have to also look at the money a driver can bring,” he said. “There are some drivers with sponsors behind them, but talent is always more important than money.”
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