Danish F1 driver Magnussen wants to impress with Renault

Driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark, answers journalist after the presentation of the Renault R.S.16 at the Renault's technocentre in Guyancourt, west of Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. French carmaker Renault returned to Formula One as a racing team after agreeing to take over Lotus, which had struggled with financial costs last season. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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GUYANCOURT, France (AP) When he was dumped by McLaren a few months ago, Kevin Magnussen feared his Formula One career might be over.

Now the Danish driver is more determined than ever to grab the lifeline handed by Renault as the French carmaker returns as a racing team.

Speaking on Wednesday, Magnussen said, ''This is a massive opportunity, not many drivers get a second chance,'' adding that ''I've been given a very good chance as well, with a top team.''

It seems a fitting match: A hungry 23-year-old driver who showed great promise when he finished second in his first ever GP, and a carmaker bursting with ambition and high hopes of first rivaling, and eventually overtaking, Ferrari and Mercedes.