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Kevin Magnussen to test McLaren in Abu Dhabi

Kevin Magnussen will follow in father Jan's footsteps when he gets to drive a McLaren F1 car during next month's Abu Dhabi 'young driver' test.
The Magnussen family didn't enjoy the best of times when last it was associated with the McLaren team, but has now been handed a second chance to make a good impression.

While sportscar ace Jan Magnussen made just one appearance for the Woking team – standing in for an unwell Mike Hakkinen – before enduring a less-than-successful spell with Stewart that led to an early exit from the top flight, the family ties will be recreated 14 years on when son Kevin joins regular reserves Oliver Turvey and Gary Paffett in the McLaren line-up for the forthcoming 'Young Driver' test in Abu Dhabi.

Already a member of the McLaren driver development programme, Magnussen Jr's performances in his first year of racing in the World Series by Renault has earned him a call-up from simulator duties to try an F1 car for real in next month's three-day session at the Yas Marina circuit.

The 20-year old Dane will run alongside McLaren's regular test pairing of Paffett and Turvey as the team attempts to get as much out of the session as it can with regards to the development of cars for both this year and next. While not necessarily in the spirit of the session, DTM title contender Paffett - who missed out to BMW's Bruno Spengler on Sunday - and 25-year old Turvey both have extensive F1 testing experience, and have already sampled this year's MP4-27 after taking part in May's Mugello group session.

Sauber, which has confirmed Robin Frijns and Esteban Gutierrez, will join McLaren alongside Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham in Abu Dhabi. The other six teams - Ferrari, Mercedes, Force India, HRT, Marussia and Williams ran at either Magny-Cours or Silverstone in recent months.

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Dylan - Unregistered

October 22, 2012 4:19 PM

When I say F1 is becoming worse than royal family nepotism this is another proof of it! You got sons daughters nephews and whatever plus whoever can bankrupt their countries paying for a seat. Long gone are the days the best drivers in the world were competing to win what was the pinnacle of motor racing competition.

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