23 October 2013
Magnussen future ‘not in my hands’
Newly-crowned World Series by Renault champion Kevin Magnussen admits that his dreams of graduating to F1 are not necessarily closer to coming true.
F1 hopeful Kevin Magnussen has admitted that he is not in control of where his career goes next, despite winning the World Series by Renault title at the weekend.
The Dane, whose father drove for both McLaren and Stewart in an all-too-brief F1 career, is on the books of the Woking team and, along with Belgian rival Stoeffel Vandoorne, has been tipped for the very top, provided they can negotiate the logjam of talent that current denies too many young drivers the chance to race in grands prix.
Needing only sixth place in Barcelona to secure the WSbR crown, Magnussen made sure of the title by taking a pair of dominant victories for the DAMS team, leading from lights to flag in both after claiming a record four consecutive pole positions over the final two events.
The win was his third in a row, with only a post-race technical infringement denying him four and interrupting a nine-race podium run to end the year. The Dane, who shone in F3 before stepping up to the Renault-powered series, claimed a total of 14 top three finishes on the season, including five victories and five second places. The Paul Ricard exclusion was one of only two races where Magnussen failed to finish in the points, underlining his title credentials as he beat fellow McLaren protégé Vandoorne to the crown by 60 points.
“It feels completely incredible,” he admitted once his aim for the year had been achieved, “It's hard to understand really. I'm just so emotional. This is something really special - it's the year when I had to deliver and I did that. Together with my team we delivered and we won this championship. It's been an amazing year.”
Knowing that he needed to prove himself in his second year in the series, Magnussen worked hard on his focus, and admits that it paid off as he was able to treat the finale as a normal race weekend, despite the obvious pressure to bring home the right result.
“This year, I've been really good in my mind, trying to remove pressure from myself by not thinking about the championship too much, because that puts pressure on you if you start to feel you are close to it,” he explained, “This year has been very consistent and that shows that I have changed my mental approach.
“I didn't feel it so much at the start, I was very calm, [but], ten laps after the safety car, I was completely nervous in my head and it was hard to concentrate and not make mistakes. It was a little bit hairy towards the end, but I brought it home and now it feels amazing.”
Despite achieving his goal, and all that was asked of him by McLaren, Magnussen admits that he remains unsure of his future plans, with no obvious F1 opening for the Woking team to insert him into. Even with the speculation surrounding the prospects of Sergio Perez, there are other, more established, names being rumoured as a replacement for the Mexican...
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