Kevin Magnussen believes that midfield drivers have to be more aggressive than the drivers that are fighting for the world championship. The Dane was once again under fire from his fellow drivers after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday due to his aggressive driving.
Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly labelled the Haas driver as the "most dangerous guy I've ever raced with". The pair collided after a late safety car restart, with Magnussen cutting across and hotting Gasly, who was pinned against the wall.
Magnussen has defended his aggressive style of driving, stating that when you're racing outside of the points, you have nothing to lose: "I race hard," he said to Reuters. "In a situation like this with a midfield team, you’re not guaranteed to score points. And sometimes you have nothing to lose.
“You might get a penalty, you might lose your front-wing but there’s nothing to lose if you’re 11th," he added. "Go for it. Sometimes you have to be a lot more aggressive when you’re fighting out there."
And the former McLaren and Renault driver says that he would give everything and even die in a race car: "I don’t like compromises. I will give everything. I will die in the car. I won’t hold back. I would put my life on the line. Absolutely.
"When you put your helmet on and you’re in the race, I find that’s just everything there is in the world. "I love my family, and there’s so many things in life I enjoy, but when I’m in the car there’s nothing else that means anything."