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The Secret Life of… Kevin Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 at Formula One World Championship, Rd10, British Grand Prix,

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.

Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan.
8th October 2011.
Spider. Atmosphere. 
World Copyright: Charles

Spider at Suzuka - just don't tell Kevin! © LAT Photographic

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.

Jan Magnussen (DEN), centre, teaches the mechanics of a go-kart to young

Karting: it's what childhood's all about - as Kevin's father Jan (in his own younger days) explains to some aspiring mechanics ©Sutton Motorsport Images

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.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Jordan and Jordan mechanics dress up like Elvis Presley!
Formula One

Elvis was unavailable Kevin - will Giancarlo Fisichella do instead? © Sutton Motorsport Images

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!

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