Magnussen in line to replace Chilton at Marussia for 2014 season
17 October, 2013
Marussia has revealed McLaren protege Kevin Magnussen as a potential race driver for them in 2014.
It is already known that the Ferrari-linked French rookie Jules Bianchi is staying with the team beyond this season.
Recently, 2013 teammate Max Chilton admitted that his own future is not yet secure.
“I feel I’m showing [that] I deserve a seat for next year,” the Briton, who brings substantial backing to Marussia, is quoted by the Independent newspaper.
“I admit, at times, I haven’t got things right, like at Silverstone and Germany, but on the whole it has been pretty good, and since the August break especially I couldn’t have done much more,” Chilton insisted.
Nonetheless, Marussia has admitted to having a race seat on the market.
Likely 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen, the son of ex-Formula 1 driver, Dane Jan Magnussen, is a protege of the McLaren team.
McLaren, who it is believed has offered to forgive Force India’s reported € 8 million debt in exchange for a 2014 seat for Magnussen, also has a technical partnership in place with Marussia.
“Certainly Kevin has impressed in the tests he has done, and as a team that has brought young drivers into Formula 1, he is in the frame,” Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon is quoted by Sky.
But Lowdon also said that Chilton is also in the frame, and that Marussia is in “no rush” to make its decision.
Over at Force India, reports have emerged that Adrian Sutil expects to keep his seat beyond 2013. (GMM)
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