McLaren: Magnussen represents the future
6 December 2013 – McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael says Kevin Magnussen "represents the future" for the Woking-based outfit, as the Dane's preparations ramp up for his rookie Formula 1 season.
Magnussen, 21, was given the nod over Sergio Pérez after impressively clinching this year's Formula Renault 3.5 title, and Michael reckons his promotion has benefited the team as a whole.
"Kevin's arrival is really exciting for the whole team – he represents the future," said Michael.
"When you have a rookie come onboard – somebody who's full of energy, who's just won his lower-category championship, and who is desperate to prove himself – it creates a buzz within the team; people share his hopes and dreams.
"From a team point of view, it’s a fantastic move."
Michael added that Magnussen should enjoy a smoother transition than normal, given the changes that all drivers will have to cope with next season.
"Regarding youth versus experience, you could argue it both ways: in terms of learning how the tyres behave, the powertrain works, and the effect of the new aerodynamic maps, the experienced guy will have a more balanced understanding," he said.
"But this is a brand new formula, so a rookie isn't as disadvantaged. Even if it doesn't necessarily give Kevin an advantage, the advantage of all the other drivers is diminished because everyone's starting from the same benchmark. And it's much better for Kevin to come in now than any other year."