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Magnussen “as ready as you can get” for F1

Oct 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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McLaren development driver Kevin Magnussen says he’s “as ready as you can get” to race in F1 next year.

Magnussen, the son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship – part of the World Series by Renault – last weekend.

“I’m very proud about my record in 2013,” he told McLaren’s website. “Now the aim is for Formula One next year. That’s what I’ve been aiming at for a long time. The time is now.”

However it seems unlikely Magnussen could emulate Lewis Hamilton by moving straight into McLaren’s F1 team next year, as Hamilton did in 2007. McLaren are believed to have approached several junior teams about placing Magnussen with them next year.

The 21-year-old Dane ended the year on a high, claiming pole position for the last four races of them and winning all of them, apart from one race where he was disqualified due to a technical infringement. That was the only time in the last nine races he failed to finish on the podium.

“Whenever I’m asked about Formula One, I always reply that, yes, I feel ready,” he said. “I look at this way: I’ve done everything I could to prove myself in World Series – now it’s up to somebody else to make a decision.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    No GP2 or GP3 experience… no offense but 2014 is already going to be a demolition derby. Still, just find $10-20 million and buy a ride like everyone else, lol. Too bad Magnussen isn’t Russian! He’d be getting offers all up and down the grid! :P

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