Kristensen backs Magnussen to succeed
19 August 2011 – Eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and successful DTM driver Tom Kristensen believes Kevin Magnussen ‘is one of the next generation’ of Danish motorsport stars, backing him to succeed after a less than straightforward debut campaign in British F3.
Magnussen, son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jan, has shown impressive pace in the category for the established Carlin squad so far this year, but has been hindered by a host of technical issues and misfortune. However, the Dane has still managed to place himself fourth in the standings heading into the final three events, with a total of four class wins.
"I haven’t seen any races but of course I follow him and the other Danish drivers," Hobro-born Kristensen, who made a DTM appearance for Abt Sportsline earlier in the season, explained to GPUpdate.net during an exclusive interview.
"I’ve seen Kevin being really strong and really fast. I must say, he hasn’t had the luck his father had in British F3 (who claimed the 1994 title with 14 wins), especially at the last two races; I mean - leading into the last corner of the last lap at Paul Ricard and then being hit! I keep an eye on it, from the results, but I’m sure he is one of the next generation from our little country."
After a last-lap clash in France, Magnussen was able to bounce back and add to his victory tally at Spa-Francorchamps last month, admitting that he hopes any bad luck has now left him for good as he prepares for the final nine races on British soil.
"Maybe my luck has turned a little bit," the McLaren protégée said following his impressive win in the Ardennes forest. "I have needed some luck for a long time now."
Tom Kristensen was talking to GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines