Kevin Magnussen feels the combination of himself and Jolyon Palmer will be enough to spur the Renault team on when it makes its return to F1 competition in 2016.
The Dane, who made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2014 – claiming a podium on his Australian Grand Prix debut –, was demoted to reserve driver in 2015 to make way for Fernando Alonso, before being dropped altogether in October.
However, Magnussen will return to racing in 2016 after being called up to replace the ousted Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan axed due to sponsorship issues.
Despite the late call-up, which comes in tandem with Renault's late preparations for 2016 having purchased the Lotus team, Magnussen nonetheless says he is 'extremely hungry' to prove he is worthy of his unexpected renewed opportunity.
“Hopefully I'll prove many points,” he said. “I'm extremely motivated after a whole year away. I've been sitting on the sideline during the races for so many weekends and I'm hungry to come back and prove my worth. I've raced my whole life and I'm extremely hungry and keen to get in a race car again.
“I have a lot to give. I've been connected to a top Formula 1 team for five years and three of those were in Formula 1 in driving and testing capacities. Despite just one season racing, I've got good experience. I can't wait to get started at a great project such as a Renault factory team. I'm pleased to be a part of it.”
Discussing his new rookie team-mate Palmer, Magnussen believes the pair of them have the ability to haul Renault towards the front of the field despite their relative inexperience.
“It's great to have Jolyon as a team-mate. He knows the team well, he's been a test driver for a year, He knows the guys and the way they work. So it's good for the team to have someone they know. I believe we have what it takes to drive this team forward.”
It's a sentiment shared by Palmer, who makes his F1 race debut after a year with the erstwhile Lotus team in a reserve role.
"I'm really pleased to have Kevin as my team-mate. He's a good guy, he's been very quick in Formula One already so he has proven what he's got. It will be good to have him on the other side of the garage and hopefully we can work together and get some good results.”