McLaren eye F1 seat for Magnussen

Tuesday 08-October-2013 15:11

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh are looking to secure race seats for youngsters Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Magnussen impressed during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone in July and currently leads the Formula Renault 3.5 series ahead of Belgian Vandoorne.

"I think both are really good guys and they both will get into Formula One and we've got a duty of care to get them there," Whitmarsh is quoted as saying by Reuters.

"I think they are both pretty special."

He added: "One way or another we'll find a way (to get them into Formula One).

"They both deserve it.

"They are both going to be Formula One drivers in the future. It's a question of how quickly we get them there. They are young enough, they don't have to get there next year."

The 21-year-old Magnussen appears to be closest to getting a Formula One drive as McLaren have held talks with Lotus, Force India and Marussia about giving him a chance next year.

Lotus and Marussia have one set to fill for the 2014 campaign while Force India are yet to confirm either Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

When asked about Magnussen's chances Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley replied: "(Co-owner and principal) Vijay (Mallya) has always taken the best drivers that he could afford. And I don't think he'll change that philosophy.

"So when it comes to actually determining the drivers... we can put our recommendations in. And if Kevin is in that mix then so be it.

"I think we've got a situation coming up where there are going to be a number of very good drivers available," added Fernley. "I think McLaren have to look at it themselves really. If Magnussen is a wonderful driver, why not take the chance?"

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