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Kevin Magnussen

DRIVER PAGE
03/03/2014

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Kevin Magnussen

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05/10/1992
21
1.74m
68kg
Single
Roskilde, Denmark
 

Official website:
kevinmagnussen.com

BIOGRAPHY

After a successful career in karting, Kevin, son of 1994 British F3 Champion and Stewart F1 driver Jan Magnussen, made the switch to single-seaters in 2008, winning the Danish Formula Ford championship with an impressive record of 11 wins, 12 podiums, 6 pole positions and 10 fastest laps.

The following year, he graduated to Formula Renault 2.0, finishing runner-up in the Northern European Cup and seventh in the Eurocup. In the NEC, he scored one win, 12 podiums and two pole positions - achievements that earned him the 'Rookie of the Year' accolade.

In 2010, he moved into German F3, impressing immediately by taking victory in the opening round of the season. It was the first of three victories on his way to securing third in the championship and once again being named 'Rookie of the Year'.

Kevin also joined the McLaren Young Driver programme in 2010, dovetailing his racing activities with training and development work with the legendary F1 team with which his father made his F1 debut - a one-off outing with the Woking team in the 1995 Pacific GP at the Aida Circuit where he replaced Mika Hakkinen who was recovering from appendicitis.

In 2011, he moved into British F3, building upon the successes of the previous season. He finished second in the championship after securing seven race wins, six pole positions and eight fastest laps.

As a result, his F3 team, Carlin Motorsport, signed him up for 2012's World Series by Renault 3.5 series. As a rookie, he won once and took three further podium spots, but the year helped him sharpen his teeth before a full assault on the WSR title in 2013.

With a year's experience under his belt, Kevin underlined both his speed and maturity, slowly tightening his grip on the title, before underlining his supremacy by dominating the series' final two rounds.

It was this blend of assurance, maturity and potential, as well as a pair of stunningly impressive testing outings at Abu Dhabi and Silverstone, that helped him land the Formula One drive with McLaren for 2014.

As the first Dane to start a Formula 1 race for a decade - Nicolas Kiesa raced for Minardi at the tail-end of 2003 - a nation's gaze will be directed towards him when he lines up on the grid for his first-ever grand prix in March 2014. For Kevin, however, only taking on the world - and winning - will be enough, such is his determination.

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