Magnussen: 'I do not care what people are saying about me'

Thuesday, 14 november 2017, 10:15

Kevin Magnussen has claimed that he does not care what people say about him or his driving, and added that he is not in Formula 1 to make friends, following criticism of his conduct in high-profile spats with Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg.

The Dane started to have his sportsmanship come under question during the Hungarian Grand Prix when, after an on-track argument and collision with Hulkenberg, he said to the German to 'suck his balls' on live television after the interview was interrupted.

The Renault man would later go on to call Magnussen an 'asshole' in an interview of his own, but the latter isn't too perturbed about popularity.

“I do not care what people are saying about me. If someone says something negative, I get to know from you (journalists), but I’m not actually bothered," he told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

“One thing I stopped a while ago was looking at social media.

“As a public person you are often mentioned and receive many messages. It may be frustrating to look at so that has helped a lot.

For the incident with Hulkenberg, Magnussen received a penalty but even though there was no punishment for the argument with Alonso, social media still blew up with chatter about the duo. The two collided during the Malaysian GP, with the Spaniard shouting over his radio shortly after, "What an idiot! Hülkenberg was right!, in reference to the previous spat.

The Haas driver has insisted that making friends is not a priority for him, but rather getting the right results for himself and his team.

“Of course, it’s not my goal to be unpopular, rather to get results, and sometimes you have to put your elbows out a bit.

“Many drivers have complained about me this year but I do not want to say that I’m the most popular among the drivers.

"What matters to me is the results and what the stewards say, and this year I’ve only got one penalty because of my driving.

"That means I’m not so bad."

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Comments (16)

  • John Hutchinson
    I think K Mag is a good driver, and whenever he's in a battle he seems to perform well. The HAAS Team seem to get set ups wrong on their Cars, It's like they set up the Car for the Track they were at the week before. I'm more disappointed in Grosjean's peformances (particularly this year). KMag has to watch out though there is some huge talent just waiting for their chance.
  • Ivan Yordanov
    "To get the right results for him and his team" Xaxaxa and what results did you get? "LOOSER"
  • Mohammad Islam
    like anybody care him. how many times he hit or pushed others in the race. Haas should take Pascal from 2018.
  • Dave Newson
    Both Haas drivers deserve to lose their seats, they’re a liability on the track and completely overrated
  • Samuel Alejandro
    presumes mucho y no hiciste nada,sólo calentaste la silla que era de Esteban Gutiérrez...
  • Okiem kibica F1
  • Michael Webb-Hilton
    That's because no ones talking about you.... why would they!
  • Paul Albin
    Haas would be better off dumping him and hiring Massa.
  • Lennon Whitehead
    That's a good quality to have when you're annoying.
  • Andy Hall
    He will if he gets fired from F1
  • Dave Webster
    Let's all suck his balls, see how he likes that
  • Eli Hams
    in other words..........suck my balls?
  • Dan Rose
    Suck my ball mate
  • Adam Bell
    Hahahahaha. Love a villain.

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