You may know that he’s Denmark’s only current F1 racer. You may also know that he’s one of three second-generation drivers on the grid. But how well do you really know Haas’s Kevin Magnussen? We unearthed a few nuggets of lesser-known information for you…
Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
Kevin Magnussen: I have enough buzz in F1, so outside F1 I like a relaxed life. Buzz – no thanks! (Laughs)
Q: Which film last made you cry?
KM: Must have been long time ago – I cannot remember.
Q: What are you afraid of?
KM: Spiders make me freak out.
Q: What was the last book you read?
KM: I like to read biographies – mainly from sports people. The last was Usain Bolt’s.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
KM: It was a lady and she told me to dream bigger – to aim higher.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
KM: Candy. Sweets.
Q: Do you collect anything?
KM: No, not any more. When I was a kid I had all my trophies from karting in my room. I have removed all of that.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
KM: My dog – a one-year-old English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Q: What was your worst buy?
KM: I am a very thoughtful shopper, so knock on wood, no bad buys.
Q: What’s your ideal non-race Sunday?
KM: Nice weather in Denmark and take a nice walk at the beach with my dog.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
KM: Nothing comes to my mind. I am somebody who can forget easily.
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
KM: Every day in traffic! For many obvious reasons.
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly or being able to become invisible?
KM: Being able to fly.
Q: What do you sing in the shower?
KM: I don’t sing – thank God!
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
KM: Yes! It happened to me before.
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
KM: That some people want to know you for the wrong reasons.
Q: What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
KM: Every race weekend I get asked odd questions… I cannot remember them all – and I tend to forget very fast! (Laughs)
Q: You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
KM: Elvis Presley, Jim Clark and Abraham Lincoln.
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
KM: Karting. That was it!
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
KM: Race a Formula 1 car!