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GP Week : Issue 192
EDITOR: Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK Martin Whitmarsh is keen to see McLaren- backed youngsters Kevin Magnussen (left) and stoffel Vandoorne make the step up to Formula One and has already spoken to a few teams on the grid with a view to getting them into a race seat as early as next season. Both Magnussen and Vandoorne are currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series and lead the standings, with Magnussen 43 points ahead of his Belgian rival and fellow McLaren protégé Vandoorne with just the final round of the season to go. “I think both are really good guys and they both will get into Formula One and we've got a duty of care to get them there,” Whitmarsh told reporters at last weekend’s Korean Grand Prix. Whitmarsh also revealed that he had spoken to Lotus, Force India, and backmarkers Marussia about getting Dane Magnussen – son of Jan Magnussen, who raced in Formula One in the mid-nineties for McLaren and stewart without any particular success – and Vandoorne a race seat for next year. Lotus are currently looking for a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, but the leading contenders for that seat are Felipe Massa, who will leave Ferrari at the end of the year, and sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg. Marussia potentially have one seat up for grabs but the team recently agreed an engine deal with Ferrari and extended their protégé Jules Bianchi’s contract for another year while Max Chilton recently told Autosport that he was relaxed about his 2014 chances. Force India – who typically tend to leave their driver announcements late in the day – are also yet to confirm current drivers Adrian sutil and Paul Di Resta for next year, and the team have repeatedly said that their driver decision won’t be made until around the time of the Indian Grand Prix at the end of the month. The silverstone-based team have a technical partnership with McLaren up for renewal and Whitmarsh suggested the driver situation could come into play in discussions to extend the partnership. “They want to extend, but we haven't agreed to that,” Whitmarsh said. “But at the same time, I don't want leverage.” In fact, McLaren had come to a gentleman’s agreement for Magnussen to drive a Force India in the Young Driver Test at silverstone earlier this year, but the agreement fell through and the Dane was slotted into a McLaren at the last minute instead. “One way or another we'll find a way [to get them into Formula One],” said Whitmarsh. “They both deserve it. They are both going to be Formula One drivers in the future. It's a question of how quickly we get them there. They are young enough, they don't have to get there next year.” THE YOuNg ONEs F1 >>> nEWs 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: