Magnussen Jr: from ATS Formel 3 Cup to F1
He is living his big dream. Kevin Magnussen will be firmly established in Formula 1 starting this season. The Dane from Roskilde will contest his debut season for McLaren-Mercedes. The 21-year-old has just completed a test session in his MP4-29 car at Jerez, Spain. The result of his first day of practice was surprising, and at the same time it was not; he set the fastest lap. After all, his debut in the ATS Formel 3 Cup in 2010 was pretty much the same. Back then, Magnussen was already considered an exceptional talent.
Magnussen made his debut in Formula racing in 2008, when he contested the Danish Formula Ford: 11 victories, 12 podium finishes, 6 pole positions, 10 fastest laps. In 2009 he switched to the Team Motorpark Academy and to Formula Renault, where he put in a fantastic performance again. The fast Dane was then accepted for McLaren’s Young Driver Programme. His former team principal remembers the time.
Kevin was really young when he joined us, and he had not had a substantial preparation. His exceptional talent was very obvious right from the start. However, Kevin struggled to turn his talent into measurable results during his first year in particular. – says Timo Rumpfkeil (pictured with a younger Magnussen).
In 2010 Magnussen contested the ATS Formel 3 Cup. He was more consistent and delivered steady results, which reflected his learning process. An impressive season with a victory in the first race, one of three throughout the season, which he finished third in the overall standings and with the title “rookie of the year”. Rumpfkeil continues – He earned his place in Formula 1 based on his performance, and he really deserves it. I am confident that he will contest Formula 1 for a long time.