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Magnussen may unseat Perez at McLaren

Nov 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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The future of Sergio Perez at McLaren is believed to be in jeopardy as the team weighs up promoting Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen to the team.

Magnussen romped to victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year winning five races in his sophomore season (and losing a sixth following a technical infringement) and claiming the title by 60 points.

McLaren are understood to have approached several F1 teams with a view to placing Magnussen with them next year, but reports suggest he could follow in Lewis Hamilton’s footsteps by making his debut for the team next year.

Magnussen is unfazed by the possibility of making his debut in F1 next year during a year of upheaval in the regulations. “It could be an advantage for us rookies because if anything it means that experience counts for less,” he told Sky. “No drivers will have experience of driving these cars.”

Perez’s position is in doubt following some lackluster performances earlier this year. But he has shown signs of turning it around recently, equaling McLaren’s best result of the season so far with fifth place in India.

McLaren enjoy an embarrassment of riches on their junior driver program at the moment, as Belgian drive Stoffel Vandoorne finished runner-up to Magnussen in his first season of Formula Renault 3.5.

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