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Magnussen says Renault offer wasn’t good enough

Kevin Magnussen decision to leave Renault next season was down to the lack of commitment on the teams part, with the Dane expected to move to Haas alongside former Renault driver Romain Grosjean.

Renault had taken a long time to decide on drivers for next season. They are reported to have wanted Carlos Sainz, with backing from media company Movistar and Spanish bank BBVA, but the Spaniard decided to remain with the Red Bull group for another season, albeit in the sister Toro Rosso team. Sergio Perez was another target, although he elected to stay at Force India, possibly with one eye on the Ferrari seat for 2017. Esteban Ocon who will also join Perez at Force India was also under consideration.

The offer to Magnussen was reported to be only a year, with the Dane wanting more, “Yeah, it was my decision,” Magnussen said. “I had an offer, but it was not a good enough offer that I could take it.

“It was more the feeling of commitment from Renault’s side. If they had committed to a longer contract then I would have probably looked at it much more seriously.

“It was more the feeling of them not committing, offering the drive to so many others and I think at one point the pope had an offer! It was a bit messy, so it’s better for me to leave.

“It really is a lot about the feeling I had with the management here. If I felt more commitment and decisiveness it would maybe have been different, but I’m happy the way it turned out at the end of the day.

“Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to know who is actually in charge here and who will make a decision. But that doesn’t matter now and it’s in the past.

“It is how it is and I have enjoyed my season with the team and I think it really is a great team. I love the people here and they have all been so friendly and they are very good as well, and I’m sure if they get the resources and the structure in place they can do the job. So there is sadness with leaving the team as well, I’m going to miss a lot of the people here. Hopefully we can keep in touch and luckily we will be in the same paddock next year. It’s not all bad.”

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