Magnussen clarifies “I’d die in a racing car” comments

Haas driver apologised to Gasly following Baku clash

Kevin Magnussen has sought to clarify the comments written about him following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he was involved in a high-speed collision with Pierre Gasly.

Following the race in Baku, reports emerged with quotes from Magnussen saying that he would be prepared to die in a race car for success.

Highlights of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix showed a high-speed collision with a fellow competitor. At the final safety car restart, Magnussen appeared to edge Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly towards the barrier on the main straight.

The pair came together and both cars suffered minor damage.

The timing of the publication of the comments suggested that Magnussen was attempting to play down the danger of the clash between himself and Gasly.

However, Magnussen took to social media to clarify the comments, where he said he had apologised to Gasly following the clash.

“The interview was done before the race in Baku and is not minded on the incident with Pierre [Gasly] in the race. I didn’t squeeze Pierre on purpose and I have apologised to him many times after the incident,” wrote Magnussen.

“I don’t want to die in a race car. I was expressing my willingness to give absolutely everything in my power to achieve success. Success to me obviously isn’t having accidents or getting penalties but finishing races in as high a position as possible.

“I am living my childhood dream of racing in Formula One and I’ve put my whole life into achieving that dream so it is only natural for me to be giving absolutely everything that I’ve got, to achieve success in racing and the I no longer do that I will retire from racing immediately.”

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