Like father, like son

April 20, 2013

Like father, like son

April 20, 2013

YMIV9426It seems like the Magnussen name is going featuring prominently for many more years to come – long after the Corvette Racing Danish ace Jan Magnussen one day hangs up his helmet.

Magnussen’s son Kevin starred at the opening round of the 2013 World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Monza recently, taking second place in both races.

KEVIN-F1-015Kevin Magnussen is part of the McLaren F1 junior development program and was recently nominated as the team’s third reserve driver for the recent Chinese Grand Prix.

He is also on site this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“He did very well with two second place finishes at Monza,” Jan said.

“I think they made a small mistake in qualifying that put him P7. He probably should have been a little further up in the grid but he wasn’t on-track going fast at the right time because of a drying track.

“To get a second place out of that was fantastic. It kept his head in the game. It was a really mature drive and a big improvement from last year.

ZM2_8897“In Race 2, the three guys up front were racing and had an amazing race going. It was so exciting to watch, but at the same time a little bit scary. But it was very good to see Kevin in a situation, where even though he was in the lead, the guy that was trying to pass him around the outside would have most likely come off worse than Kevin had he stayed in it.

“I think he’s learned from mistakes of last year, and of how expensive these mistakes can be. It probably could have been the win but it could have also ended in the wall.

“I’m very proud of the decision he made. It might be the best race he ever had.”

Magnussen senior however is showing no sign of slowing down. After a troubled weekend at Sebring the Danish ALMS veteran put the No.3 Corvette Racing machine fourth on the grid for today’s Long Beach event – the fastest of the two Corvette Racing machines.

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