Given the amount of times he’s driven at Silverstone, Kevin Magnussen regards the British Grand Prix as taking place almost at home…
What do you think of Silverstone and the British Grand Prix?
It’s one I look forward to. There’s a great atmosphere with all the fans who are always so enthusiastic for the race and you feel all the excitement when you drive in each morning. Unfortunately, there’s no Danish Grand Prix so I do look on this one as being almost a home Grand Prix for me. So many Formula 1 teams are based within an hour of Silverstone that many other teams and drivers look on it in a similar way so this does give it a special feeling.
What is it about the circuit?
The high speed corners are great, particularly Maggots and Becketts and you really feel like you’re driving a Formula 1 car the way it’s meant to be driven. It has a great flow to it and there’s usually a full crowd cheering you on. There are good opportunities to overtake and you never know what surprise the British weather might produce.
What are your best Silverstone memories?
I’ve raced there many times but in particular I had pole, fastest lap and the race win in British Formula 3 in 2011 and then a podium and a win in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2012 so those are good memories. I scored points there in Formula 1 in 2014 so to repeat that this season would make me and the team happy.
What’s the approach to this race?
We always head to a race wanting the best result possible. Austria showed that the car isn’t as bad as it has looked in the last few street races where it’s no secret that we struggled. The safety car timing didn’t help us and I wasn’t able to push at the end of that race but in general I think we’re quite well placed looking to Silverstone.