Magnussen: Ultimate ambition is F1 title

Monday 19-August-2013 07:04

Kevin Magnussen may not yet be in Formula One but already the young Dane is dreaming of the Drivers' Championship title.

A member of the McLaren's Young Driver Programme, Magnussen is currently plying his trade in the Formula Renault 3.5 series where he is leading the standings.

Holding a 27-point advantage over his nearest rival, the 20-year-old has set his sights on the crown - after which he wants a move into Formula One.

"Without sounding arrogant, my goal this season is to win the Formula 3.5 and my ultimate ambition is to be the Formula One Champion," Magnussen told the Copenhagen Post.

"Even before this season started, I knew that only a win in the 3.5 would suffice."

He added: "It is very important to set yourself goals, not just as a driver, but also in life.

"There are short-term goals, like for this weekend or this month, and then there are ultimate long-term goals, such as winning Formula One."

Two factors Magnussen has in his favour are his father, Jan, who contested 25 F1 grands prix in the 1990s, and his link to McLaren who put him through his paces during this year's YDT as part of their Young Driver programme.

"It has provided me with a lot of knowledge and experience," said the Dane.

"The programme has helped me gain a better understanding about the physical aspect of racing, as well as the technical side that deals with the cars."

He added: "I feel like I am definitely ready to move to Formula One already next season."

As to whether he'll do that with McLaren or at least with the team's support, he said: "McLaren are very supportive of my career and there has been talk of me making the jump."

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