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Kevin: ‘Therefore, I run not simulator-race’

The young Formula 1 drivers are wild with it.

The same is the Danish Formula 1-hope Christian Lundgaard. And even ‘gammelfar’, Jan Magnussen, do it: Running the simulator race.

While all sorts of car racing because of coronakrisen is desolate, is simulator-racing has become popular. There is even an official Formula 1 series, where a number of current drivers led by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) from each of their home compete against each other.

Here is the Renault junior Lundgaard often with in the televised race, and it is clear he is using his simulator-action has become a respected member of the small Formula 1-club.

Haas F1 Team has until now been inserted reservekørerne Pietro Fittipaldi and Louis Deletraz in the virtual grandprixer, and maybe Romain Grosjean soon with. In each case, the frenchman has just set up his own sim-racing team.

But don’t expect to see Kevin Magnussen in simulator racing.

“I don’t think you get as much out of it compared to running on the track. Okay, there are many things that can be compared. Overtaken, indstyring in turns, etc. It reminds in a certain degree on what happens on the pitch, but I still think there is a big difference,” he says to B. T. and elaborates:

“It is still quite far from the simulators, as the Formula 1 teams have at their disposal. And even there, there is a huge leap compared to what happens on the pitch. When I have run in the Haas simulator in a few hours, then I got out and have some fresh air.”

Kevin Magnussens dad Jan is in the course of the spring been one of the stars in a sim-racing championship for the former Formula 1-drivers, competing against each other in historic Formula 1 cars.

recently, he won a division of the Legends Trophy series after a passionate duel with Kevin Magnussens former teamkammerat Jenson Button.

“I never thought I would be so bitten by the e-sport, but it is highly entertaining. Especially after that there are big cash prizes to run for,” says Jan Magnussen.

He donated, incidentally, the first prize of $ 10,000 (almost 70,000 euros) to BørneUngeProgrammet at Rigshospitalet in copenhagen.

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But it is not now, because Kevin Magnussen not bother simulator-race, for he takes like a duel with daddy sometimes.

“My father has been in love with it and have got a simulator home in the living room. So we are starting to run against each other and have fun with it, but for me, it is still just a computer game. And I’ve never been particularly crazy about,” says Kevin Magnussen and continues:

“It has been expounded, as if I don’t bother running the simulator race. This is not the case, but I would just rather have some fresh air and run true.”

“When I come home to Denmark, I will begin to train in a go-kart. I think it is better than the simulator-race and also much more enjoyable. For a racing driver is the best workout to running on a track.”



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