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Lack of commitment behind Kevin Magnussen's Renault exit

  • Published on 11 Nov 2016 12:59
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Kevin Magnussen has opened up about Renault's offer to retain his services for next year.

The Dane will leave the Anglo-French team at the end of the season, and is expected to replace Esteban Gutierrez at Haas.

Renault meanwhile will keep hold of Jolyon Palmer for another season after Magnussen rejected an offer to stay.

"It was my decision – I had an offer but not a good enough offer that I could take it," he said. "If they'd committed to a longer contract I would probably have looked at that much more seriously."

Magnussen felt that the long list of names linked with his seat showed a lack of commitment from the team, and their late attempt to re-sign him was not enough.

"It was more the feeling of them not committing, taking so long and offering to so many drivers – I think at one point the Pope had an offer," he joked. "It was a bit messy, so it was better for me to leave."

The former-McLaren driver also revealed that management at the team never once spoke to him about talks with other drivers.

It really is a lot about the feeling I had with the management here," he said. "More openness would have been good."

"Sometimes it was a little bit difficult to know who was actually in charge here, who was making the decisions, but that's over now, it doesn't matter," added the former Formula Renault 3.5 champion. "It's in the past. If I had felt more commitment and decisiveness then it would maybe have been different, but I'm happy with the way it turned out."

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  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 191

    I think (and hope) that he have made the right decision
    It is so clear that Renault actually wanted someone else.
    The way Renault has treated MAG and PAL is obscure.
    French W@nkers!

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    • Nov 11 2016 - 13:27
    • Yeah, they really didnt show much respect for either of their drivers.

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      • Nov 11 2016 - 21:14
    • Hemex

      Posts: 1,124

      Mainly because they tried to reel in some bigger fish, but found out their fishing rod was too short.

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      • Nov 12 2016 - 13:09

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