Vasseur: Magnussen has talent to win titles

By on Thursday, February 4, 2016
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Renault Racing Director Frederic Vasseur believes new recruit Kevin Magnussen has the ability to win races and titles with the outfit.

Vasseur has spent two decades at the helm of ASM, which became ART Grand Prix, in GP2 and GP3, guiding youngsters such as Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean.

Vasseur reckons that Magnussen, who claimed the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2013 and spent 2014 racing for McLaren, can help return Renault to the top of the standings.

"Kevin has a good mix of experience and youth," said Vasseur.

"He had a strong race season at McLaren two years ago and showed his ability in the junior categories such as Formula Renault 3.5.

"He can target winning races and championships as he has the talent. The fact he had a lack of mileage last year will motivate him and he’ll be chomping at the bit to get back into it all.

"It’s important for us because we all know 2016 won’t be an easy season. We know where we are starting from and we need motivated characters like Kevin to keep pushing hard."

Vasseur is also confident that Jolyon Palmer will put in strong performances despite his inexperience in the top level of the sport.

"Jolyon goes from being the third driver for a private team to becoming the race driver for a manufacturer team and the driver with the most experience with the team," he said.

"He has a very mature head on his shoulders and we know from his 2014 GP2 Series title that he can deliver against the very best on track.

"It’s a rookie year for Jolyon, but we’ve seen that rookies can deliver so we are happy with the line-up we have behind the wheel."

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