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Current F1 cars "lack soul", says Magnussen

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22/01/2021

Ahead of his IMSA debut, Kevin Magnussen says the current crop of F1 cars "lack soul".

The Dane heads to the American sports car series after losing his drive with Haas, and following a shakedown of the Cadillac DPi-V.R at Sebring last weekend he says the experience put F1 in perspective.

"I've been driving an airplane, basically, for the last six or seven years," he tells RACER. "Which is awesome," he adds, "driving an F1 car is great fun... but it lacks a little bit of soul.

"There's something missing," he continues. "F1 used to have that, but coming back and driving the Cadillac has been a real eye opener.

"The sound and the way the engine responds... even the track. Sebring, it doesn't get more old school than this. It's kind of a dream come true.

"Everything I look at here is new to me. The whole car, of course, but even the language they use to talk about the car, and all the systems, and setup-wise, the language is really different. I feel at home straight away. It's been awesome to drive a real race car again."

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1. Posted by Max Drives Like Grandma, 05/02/2021 2:25

"I can only assume that for Kevin Magnussen, the Soul is lacking in his F1 cars because his cars had really no Hope of finishing on the podium, let alone winning!

I guess for the top F1 drivers, their cars do have Souls!

Some drivers do still talk to their cars! "

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2. Posted by Paul C, 04/02/2021 4:21

"Good to see his impressions of Sebring. Although my laps around Sebring were at parade lap speed, it's definitely an old school feeling in the family Nissan Sentra. He did well at Daytona and good luck in the rest of the season. "

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3. Posted by Steve W, 23/01/2021 17:34

"F1 cars are now heavier than IndyCars. They're getting clumsy."

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4. Posted by Superbird70, 22/01/2021 14:28

"F1 needs to drop all the telemetric feedback from its cars and let the drivers drive. This is why Fangio will always be the greatest. He was was his own feedback system."

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