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McLaren seeking seats for young talents

Oct 9, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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McLaren have spoken to three different F1 teams about placing their young driver Kevin Magnussen in their squads for 2014.

Lotus, Force India and Marussia have all been approached about the possibility of running Magnussen, son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen.

Marussia have already confirmed Jules Bianchi will continue to drive for them next year while Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta are considered likely to remain at Lotus and Force India respectively.

Magnussen (pictured with Jenson Button) is a sophomore driver in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship and leads the standings with two races remaining. The only driver who can keep him from the title is yellow McLaren junior driver, the rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he’d like to get both drivers into Formula One in the near future.

“One way or another we’ll find a way,” said Whitmarsh about McLaren’s efforts to place them in F1.

“They both deserve it. “They are both going to be Formula One drivers in the future. It’s a question of how quickly we get them there. They are young enough, they don’t have to get there next year.”

Jan Magnussen made his grand prix debut in a one-off start for McLaren 18 years ago. He later spent a season and a half driving for Stewart before being dropped.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Can anyone say Force India?

    Bianchi just signed with Marussia for next season and Chilton came in with a 3 year deal, not that contract get broken…. and LOLtus doesn’t owe Mclaren any favors, so I don’t see that happening… plus Mclaren are going to have a Japanese driver somewhere in the couple of years… so looks like FI is the way to go. Especially since Sutil and now Di Resta are about useless. Too bad… Di Resta showed glimmers of talent… but 5 consecutive DNFs have to be hurting his chances.

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