Magnussen to drive McLaren in Young Driver test
14 February 2012 – Kevin Magnussen will be testing for McLaren in the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test of November. The Dane is also able to use the company’s Formula 1 simulator as part of an upgrading of his role in the McLaren Driver Development Programme.
The 19-year-old, son of former McLaren reserve driver Jan Magnussen, joined the Young Driver programme in 2010 and will now work more closely alongside regular McLaren reserve drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey.
“I’m really pleased by this new agreement with McLaren,” he said on Tuesday. “The team has shown great faith in me so far and I feel that this is an important step in my career.
"F1 is a highly pressured, data-driven environment and anyone who wants to get there and succeed within it has to master all the technical aspects of the discipline. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the team.”
“Racing is the core business of McLaren,” adds Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh. “By enabling talented drivers to fulfil their potential, our Driver Development Programme is a strategic investment in the future of that business and the sport as a whole. We’ve been delighted by Kevin’s progress, aptitude and work ethic thus far. The time was right for him to take the next step and we look forward to helping him gain the experience he requires.”
In 2011, Magnussen finished runner-up in the British Formula 3 Championship, celebrating eight pole positions and seven race victories out of 30. The November outing will mark his first drive in a Formula 1 car.