Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer both have to deal with the insecure situation at Renault, their futures in Formula 1 have been a foggy affair all season. The question is, with drastic change on the horizon in the form of a big regulation change, would Renault benefit from some consistency in retaining at least one of their current drivers?
Magnussen’s race in Singapore has to be a highlight for the team in a season of transition and it’s the Danish driver delivering the points yet again. His 7th in Russia earlier in the year was more down to his own ability to attack intelligently.
But K-Mag isn’t taking all of the credit for this one. He said,
“It was a tough race. I got a really good start, so thanks to Dave, my engineer, for doing the starts, and from there I did a good first lap, a really good strategy. The team figured out we could do two stints on supersofts, which is mega.
We planned to do a soft stint at the end, because we thought it was going to be tight with the two-stop. A lot of people did three stops, and we were able to do two stops, and even improve the two stops by doing two stints on supersofts.
A really good job by the guys, I really think everyone in the team deserves this.”
– Kevin Magnussen
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) September 18, 2016
He was one of only two drivers to make this strategy work and the result definitely flatters Renault. The team are yet to announce their driver line-up for next season and have left both of their current drivers in a difficult position. The French works team are apparently impressed with Manor’s Esteban Ocon, the French rookie might be tricky to pull away from the Mercedes academy though.
Magnussen would provide the team with consistency next year and first and foremost, he’s fast. He set the eighth fastest lap at the Singapore Grand Prix in a car that’s pace is usually just above Sauber and Manor. The Dane’s time at McLaren was Perez-like in that the teams demise was put at the door of their secondary driver. In that 2014 season, Button only finished in the points on one more occasion than K-Mag. That’s hardly a big enough reason to cut him loose. Hopefully Renault do realize his potential and keep him in their garage for 2017.