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‘It’s such a special thing’ – Kevin Magnussen ‘really excited’ to race with father Jan in Gulf 12 Hours | Formula 1®

Although the F1 winter break is properly underway, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen will likely be again behind the wheel of a racing automobile this weekend as he takes on the Gulf 12 Hours endurance occasion with father Jan.

Kevin and Jan are set to share a MDK Motorsports-run Ferrari 488 GT3 within the December September 11 encounter, which takes place on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi – the identical venue as final month’s F1 season finale.

Jan raced in F1 throughout the Nineteen Nineties, representing McLaren and Stewart and scoring a degree with the latter, earlier than happening to forge a profitable sports activities automobile profession, claiming 4 24 Hours of Le Mans class victories and a category win on the 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Kevin has additionally dabbled in sports activities automobile racing, beforehand testing for the Porsche World Endurance Championship (WEC) effort, contesting the US-based IMSA SportsCar Championship and signing to race with Peugeot within the WEC earlier than his shock F1 comeback with Haas in 2022.

Jan Magnussen made 24 Grand Prix begins – 23 of which have been with the Stewart group

Having raced collectively on the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans – the place they completed twenty ninth total and seventeenth within the LMP2 class with an Oreca 07-Gibson – the Magnussens will hit the observe once more within the Middle East, with Kevin relishing the chance.

“We’re going to get a few laps in the car before going to Abu Dhabi with it. But, of course, it’s something that I’m really excited about,” stated 30-year-old Kevin, 19 years youthful than father Jan.

“Racing with my dad is all the time one thing that I take pleasure in loads. It’s such a particular factor that we’re nonetheless each energetic racing drivers on the identical time. He’s not that outdated, so I really feel like I’ve to seize the chance, as a lot as I can, whereas he’s nonetheless in fine condition and quick.

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“It’s the first time that we’re going to drive in a GT car together and I think he’s going to be pretty hard to beat in that one, but we’ll see!”


Kevin and Jan Magnussen will share the cockpit once more after a earlier outing collectively at Le Mans

Kevin isn’t the one son of an ex-F1 driver on the present grid, with reigning two-time champion Max Verstappen following within the footsteps of father Jos, who competed for the likes of Benetton, Tyrrell and Minardi from the mid-Nineteen Nineties to mid-2000s.

Given that Jos additionally tried his hand at GT racing after F1, Max was requested concerning the prospect of becoming a member of the Magnussens as a father-son racing duo sooner or later.

“I want to, but he doesn’t want to at the moment, so I need to convince him! He’s fully into rallying. I hope, of course, in the coming years, we can do that,” stated Max.

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To hear extra about Jan Magnussen’s life earlier than, throughout and after F1, take heed to his latest look on the Beyond The Grid podcast.



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