Magnussen returns to the winner's circle with IMSA win

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Magnussen returns to the winner's circle with IMSA win

Kevin Magnussen took his first race win since 2013 in Detroit on Saturday, the Dane sharing top spoils in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar event with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Renger van der Zande.

Magnussen and van der Zande's triumph completed a banner day for CGR, with fellow F1 veteran Marcus Ericsson snatching at Belle Isle earlier in the afternoon his first IndyCar win.

And for good measure, the winning CGR pair crossed the checkered flag just 0.573s clear of Felipe Nasr, another former F1 driver racing in the US.

Magnussen led the race in its early stages before handing over the #1 CGR Cadillac to van der Zande who conclusively finished things off, although the Dutchman was forced to pull out the stops to fend off Nasr.

"It’s really a dream," enthused Magnussen after the race. "To come out of a weekend like this with a big trophy, it’s pretty special. I’m very thankful to Chip for making this possible and giving me this opportunity.

"This weekend has been extremely good on the team side. We’ve just been fast.

"I’d say the whole season we’ve been fast. We just haven’t been able to get to the end in the lead. We’ve led a lot of laps this year. Finally, we led the right lap."

Like his former Haas F1 teammate Romain Grosjean who has also started afresh in America racing in IndyCar, Magnussen is enjoying his new life in the US.

After six years at the pinnacle of motorsport, the 28-year-old has closed the door on F1, although he admitted that one - unlikely - offer could entice him to return.

"If I had a Mercedes or a Red Bull I wouldn’t say no," Magnussen told AutoWeek. "I don’t think many racing drivers would, but that’s not going to happen.

"As I said before, I’m very, very happy with the opportunity that I had in Formula 1. Not many people get to have that many years in Formula 1.

"I’m super happy about that and I had some great experiences. Having said that, I feel fresh motivation, and I feel like it’s fun again."

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Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton "honestly hopes" his career in F1 will have been done and dusted by... The post Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40 appeared first on F1i.com.

Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton "honestly hopes" his career in F1 will have been done and dusted by the time he reaches 40 but admits that "life's evolution can surprise".

Hamilton has yet to decided whether he'll be racing on with Mercedes next season or not, although the Briton has repeatedly said that he intends on remaining on the grid in 2022.

The 36-year-old is rumored to have opened negotiations with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff about his future, with a report from Italy alleging that Hamilton has agreed to a lower retainer for next season, but only under the condition that his bonus for winning the world championship be significantly increased.

Both Mercedes and Hamilton have said that they are aiming to strike a new deal over the summer. However, the duration of a potential new contract would be anyone's guess.

"I honestly hope I’m not racing at 40," Hamilton told Italy's Corriere della Sera. "There are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult.

"But in life the evolution is so fast that it can surprise you. For example, I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I am having this season."

Hamilton is being given a tremendous run for his money this season by Red Bull's Max Verstappen who currently leads the world championship.

While the Briton is excited to take on the challenge, he revealed that his enthusiasm this year was also rooted in everything he's learned in the past 12 months leading his life in lockdown mode and broadening his horizons.

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"I don’t think it’s because of Max or anyone else," Hamilton said. "The reason is because I’m discovering new things about myself every day.

"With the pandemic lockdowns I’ve had more time to refine my talent, body and mind.

"I’m always competing against myself. I think about how to beat myself, I look at how I was last year and how to beat a seven-time World Champion.

"I don’t look at rivals much, but the new ones are great. Lando Norris, George Russell, Charles [Leclerc], and Carlos [Sainz] above all.

"He has just arrived at Ferrari and he is driving very well, with Leclerc he forms a very strong duo. F1 is in good hands, I predict a bright future."

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