Critics of Magnussen’s work ethic puzzle Steiner

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault’s managing director told a French magazine that Kevin Magnussen lacked discipline and commitment while he drove for Renault for a single season. Apart from Renault, sources close to his former team McLaren had also questioned Magnussen ‘s work ethic.

Haas team Principal Steiner however, disagrees. He says he has not seen anything to merit such criticism in Magnussen’s performance so far in the season.

“I don’t know where that comes from because that is not what I experience,” he told a sports website.

“Kevin now has got a trainer with him, a very good guy which helps him in all aspects of life.

“I haven’t known the Kevin from three years ago, therefore I could not say, but I have never seen that he’s lacking effort or anything.

“He is different, as a personality he’s more of an introvert but I don’t want to change people’s personalities. That’s his personality. He does his job. Is he the guy that is outgoing? No. But that’s fine.

“As long as he does his work, and he’s very positive to the team and his feedback is good.”

In his defense, Magnussen, says he never got any negative feedback from his old teams about discipline or work ethic.

In 11 races Magnussen has scored 11 points which is more than his tally for the whole of last year. He is standing in the 14th spot and just seven points below his fellow driver Romain Grosjean.

Magnussen says he happy to work for the Swiss team which has a “not a blame culture”.

“I feel very much at home,” he said. “I feel great in terms of the support I get from everyone in the team. It’s a really good environment to be in for a driver.

“[In other teams I’ve been in], I’ve experienced a lot of competition in the team between engineers, management, etc.

“Here it seems there’s much better harmony between everyone in the team. Nobody is really competing against each other; everyone is working with each other for the same thing.

“It’s always good to be in an environment where everyone sticks together and it’s not a blame culture.

“Whenever we have a problem, we don’t spend time blaming each other – we spend a lot of time finding the solution.

“We trust each other; there is a big element of trust in the team.”

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