Kevin Magnussen got to say goodbye to his team members at Haas during his final race weekend. The Dane is leaving Formula 1 and is preparing to race sports cars in the United States for the Chip Ganassi Racing organization. During his four years at F1, Magnussen got a podium on his debut for McLaren in 2014, signed with Haas, and made a total of 119 starts. Because the racer was with Haas for the major part of these four years, he was happy to learn that he would be able to experience a final weekend with his team.
Magnussen Finished 18th On His Last Formula 1 Race
After finishing 18th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Magnussen said that he felt mixed emotions but was happy to have raced in Formula 1 because it was his childhood dream. He said he also felt sad to leave with such a bad performance, adding that he felt he was not really racing but rather just driving around. Still, he was glad to get the opportunity to say goodbye to the team, admitting that they had a good time and he really enjoyed creating great memories with everyone during the past four years. Then, he wished them all the best and promised he would root for them.
While Magnussen admits he will miss the people he has worked with at the Haas team, he said he is happily moving on from the feeling of not being able to fight for victories. He explained that he is a racer who likes to win and has not been able to get even remotely close to a victory. Now, the Danish driver looks forward to going back to a winning situation where he can go to races and just focus on winning each race and thinking about the championship throughout the year.
Magnussen Felt Privileged To Have the Opportunity to Race In Formula 1
Magnussen was clear that he was not going to miss the low points in his Formula 1 career, and he expressed regret that he was not able to put himself in a position where he could race with a car that would win races. Still, he said he was very grateful to get the opportunity to race in F1, which was a childhood dream of his that came true.
Volkswagen Patented the e-Beetle, Will We Get a New Version in the Future?
People have been asking Volkswagen to create an EV Beetle for years, but the German car manufacturer seems unwilling to bow to those demands. However, after it was discovered that VW has trademarked the ‘e-Beetle,’ will people finally get what they have been hoping for?
Working on Electric Vehicles
It’s understood that Volkswagen has at least three electric vehicles in the works. The car giant is looking at bringing a compact, a crossover, and the classic Microbus back in electronic form. However, there is one famous VW vehicle that people have been desperate for the manufacturer to convert to electric, the Beetle, otherwise known as the Bug.
A Volkswagen forum, VWIDTalk, recently trawled through submissions at the patent office and discovered VW had a few new entries. Those included patents for the models, e-Golf classic, e-Karmann, and the e-Beetle. So, is it finally happening and VW is bringing the Beetle back to life?
What VW Said
When asked about the e-Beetle patent by Autoweek, a VW spokesperson said people “shouldn’t read too much into it.” The company explained that it creates patents for a whole variety of reasons, and that it might not be bringing the Beetle back to life in EV form. Volkswagen may have just submitted the trademark to protect it from being taken by another company in the future with no intent on actually manufacturing the range.
There is a lot of demand for the e-Beetle, but VW appears concerned about damaging the legacy of the legendary car. People are clamoring for an electronic version of the retro vehicle, and eventually, the manufacturer might see the positives rather than the negatives, that the e-Beetle could bring.
People will have to continue to wait patiently for Volkswagen to make the e-Beetle. We may see an electronic version of the classic car in the future, but VW certainly isn’t in a rush to reproduce it anytime soon.