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'Huge disaster' if Vandoorne misses F1 seat

‘Huge disaster’ if Vandoorne misses F1 seat

Kevin Magnussen is splitting with McLaren, two Danish publications report.

The 23-year-old has been the Woking team’s reserve driver in 2015, having lost his race seat after just a single season, there is limited opening to bag a drive for 2016 F1.

2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne is set to take on the role of reserve to Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso for 2016 season.

Dane Magnussen, the son of another former McLaren driver Jan, told the Danish newspaper BT recently: “I am in contact with several interesting teams both inside and outside of formula one.”

A headline at the Copenhagen Post now declares: “Magnussen done at McLaren.”

It explained that Honda-powered McLaren “won’t be renewing the young Dane’s contract for 2016”.

It is believed the famous British team will instead promote new GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne, who in recent races has been standing in for Magnussen as McLaren reserve while the Dane recovers from a broken hand.

BT, a Danish tabloid, agreed: “Magnussen is finished with McLaren.”

And the BT correspondent Peter Nygaard said: “What is it with McLaren and the Magnussen family? First they destroyed Jan’s F1 career and now they’re doing the same with Kevin.”

Earlier this week Jenson Button confidently vouched for the credentials of Magnussen.

Speaking to Danish newspaper BT, Button said: “The Kevin I saw at the start of 2014 was a very different guy from the one I saw towards the end of our campaign together.

“He learned so much over the 12 months we spent working together, and he often pushed me to my limits, and even over my limits on many occasions.

“I don’t know whether or not he’s got a chance of bagging any of the remaining vacant Formula 1 seats, but he’s clearly the best driver available, and I’d therefore very much recommend him to any team that has a vacancy.

“He’s good enough not only to race in Formula 1, but also to help a team succeed in Formula 1.”

Autosport reported that – Magnussen is one of three names on the short-list for the second Lotus seat alongside Pastor Maldonado, with Jean-Eric Vergne and the team’s reserve Jolyon Palmer also in the list.(ThisisF1/GMM)

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