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2018-08-24 13:52

THE WAY TO GO: Renault driver Kevin Magnussen believes that the introduction of the controversial 'halo' device in 2017 will minimise the risk of death in F1. Image: AP / Manu Fernandez

Kevin Magnussen has lost a lawsuit brought by his former manager.

Dorte Riis Madsen had instigated a case in Copenhagen against the Danish driver, claiming a percentage of his earnings due to unfair dismissal and contract breach.

'We did not expect this'

Ekstra Bladet newspaper claims the court sided with Riis Madsen, ruling that 20% of Magnussen's gross income between September 2015 and July 2021 be forfeited to his former manager.

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"We did not expect this. Having said that, the result is probably more of a victory than a defeat. Dorte Riis comes out of it with much less than she hoped for.

But it's a shame for Kevin that his former lawyer does not have to pay compensation for his bad advice," said the Haas driver's lawyer Claus Barrett Christiansen.

On track, though, Magnussen's life is better. He is expected to be retained by Haas for 2019.

'Silly season' in full swing

"Last year there was no discussion about the contract and I'm still enjoying not being part of this madness.

Contracts are always difficult. If you agree 98%, the last 2 are the most difficult. At the moment I'm just waiting," the Dane said at Spa, where the 'silly season' is in full swing.

The fate of Magnussen's current teammate, Romain Grosjean, does not look as rosy. Romain Grosjean is expected to be replaced by promising Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc.

"This weekend we are here at Spa, next week we are at Monza and then I think the team will have more time to think about it," Grosjean said on Thursday.

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