Ex Haas Formula One driver, Kevin Magnussen has reportedly ruled out saying yes to being a sub driver for one of the team’s newest recruits in 2021.
Magnussen, who was recently announced as part of Peugeot’s 2022 WEC line-up, made the comment in response to a statement made by Gunther Steiner.
Mr. Steiner had said that should a situation arise where Mick Schumacher or Nikita Mazepin needed a stand-in, he would be happy to put Magnussen or Grosjean into the seat.
In response, Magnussen said he wouldn’t have “much interest in that”.
The Danish racing driver said; “Gunther is a good friend, as are many people in the Haas F1 team, but any talk about racing, like a one-off race, I don’t have much interest in that.
I like to be fully focused on what I am doing and I miss winning. I’ve done seven years of F1, doing one more race, I don’t think is that interesting.”
Asked if he was completely dissolving the idea of a future F1 career, Magnussen said: “If Mercedes came and asked me if I wanted to drive, I think everyone would look at that very seriously.
“[But] I have given F1 a very fair shot; I think I have done my best to try to be successful.
“I’ve done it and feel like I’m ready to go and win some stuff again — that’s really where I’m at.”
The 28-year-old said signing for Peugeot to drive in the WEC as “the perfect step for me”.
Meanwhile, Haas still needs to appoint a full-season reserve, a role filled by Pietro Fittipaldi in 2019-20.
The young Brazilian, who raced in place of Romain Grosjean after his accident in Bahrain for the final two F1 races of the 2021 season.
It is understood that Fittipalidi remains a candidate for the role, however, confirmation of the role is yet to be confirmed.