The Danish driver had been dropped by McLaren at the end of 2015 and tested both a World Endurance Championship and DTM car as the remaining available seats in F1 required significant backing. However, problems with Pastor Maldonado’s sponsorship at Renault saw a new opportunity open up and Magnussen was confirmed as the Venezuelan’s replacement in early February.
Magnussen admits he had come close to turning his attentions away from F1 for this season but is pleased he held out for the opportunity with Renault.
“Of course Formula One was top of my list and of course you knock on every door,” Magnussen told the official Formula 1 website. “I always saw possibilities, but a possibility is not really what would make my day – just being there.
“So I also risked a look at DTM – and IndyCar! In fact I was very close to DTM. As an alternative I found it pretty tempting. I always had sort of a crush on DTM. And believe me: I am just glad that none of this happened – that I didn’t panic and sign a contract that was not my absolute choice, that I had the guts to sit quiet and wait for something better. And I can say that now I am exactly where I wanted to be.”