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McLaren youngsters 'deserve F1 chance'

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne ar eboth worthy of an F1 chance
McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale insists that the team's junior drivers Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne are both worthy of a chance to move into F1.

The pair are currently fighting for the Formula Renault 3.5 title going into the latter stages of the season ahead of Red Bull-backed racer Antonio Felix da Costa.

Magnussen is seen as the more likely to soon make the step up to F1 having already impressed during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone earlier in the year but Neale insisted that both drivers had shown enough potential to suggest that a bright future lies ahead.

"I'm not in a position to be specific about what's happening, but I can say that both Kevin and Stoffel are really exciting prospects for the future," he said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "I think it behoves us as a sport to make sure that both those two fantastic individuals find their way into Formula 1.

"Certainly on current performance you'd expect them both to get there."

Neale admitted however that it was important for McLaren to make sure that it handled the situation correctly when it came to moving the pair up onto F1 to ensure it was done in the correct manner.

"The step between coming through the junior series and coming into Formula 1 is pretty challenging, and we're still trying to figure out the best way for them to do that," he said. "I can't be specific, but we'd expect to see them in Formula 1 in the not too distant future."



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Firestorm

September 18, 2013 10:43 PM

I believe McLaren should race one of them in the near future. The last time they did something like that, it worked very nicely. I'm speaking of 2007. Their rivals don't promote junior drivers directly at the top team. Red Bull uses Toro Rosso for that purpose and Ferrari uses other smaller teams as well or sign a very good driver from rival teams as Raikkonen or Alonso. So McLaren's way is a nice change, in contrast to the cold calculations of Red Bull and Ferrari. I'm not saying is the better way but is just nice and brave and I do admire it.

bobsmyname

September 19, 2013 12:59 PM

@Arizonalaw "No driver in there first year of F1 is as successful as the rookie in 2007 . whether it be Mclaren or any other team" So I guess you've never heard of Jacques Villeneuve, Williams or 1996 then?



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