Kevin Magnussen has hit back at the claims made by Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul, following the Dane’s departure from Renault Formula One team.
Magnussen made his F1 return in 2016 to drive for Renault’s Formula 1 team, before eventually departing at the end of the year to make the move to American customer team Haas. Before driving for Renault, Magnussen drove the McLaren for a year in 2014, achieving a podium on his debut race, however, was sacked from the British team on his birthday.
Speaking to the media as a Haas Formula 1 driver, the Dane driver believes his former boss didn’t share the same opinion as him, and admits his regret for the matter not being kept private, after Abiteboul expressed his anger towards Magnussen, speaking to Auto Hebdo magazine.
“I think it’s easy to say that someone is making excuses,” Magnussen told Sky Sports.
“I’ve said what I think and I’ve made my opinion clear about certain things and he was unhappy about it.
“It’s fair enough, I can’t stop him from being unhappy with me, but it became a very public matter which I regret a little bit.
Haas F1 team finished one place ahead of Renault in last years F1 constructors championship, and Magnussen has stressed the importance for his new team to keep ahead of works Renault in the championship.
“It’s in the past really, there’s no reason for me to expand too much on the problems they [Renualt] have. They don’t mean so much anymore.
“It’s important that we beat them and I think we can do that. With the problems they have it’s going to take a long time for them to improve.
“As I’ve said all the time, they have some very good people and it’s a great bunch of guys there that I enjoyed spending my time with all last year and made many friends there. There’s very few people that I don’t get on with in there.”