Dennis says Magnussen has the right stuff to be world champion

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 16 March 2014.

Kevin Magnussen “has world champion potential” according to his McLaren boss Ron Dennis, after the rookie finished second in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The young Dane crossed the line third but after Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion inherited second place, delivering one of the most impressive displays of driving by a Formula 1 debutant in recent memory.

Dennis said afterwards, “Magnussen has all the ingredients necessary to win a World Championship, although he has to be in a competitive car.”

He added, “It’s only one race and we’ll see where he is after four, but I don’t have any concerns about his temperament, focus or commitment, and he is prepared to make whatever sacrifices are necessary.”

In the mid-nineties Kevin’s father Jan Magnussen, who also made his F1 debut for McLaren, was hailed as the next Senna, but ultimately failed to make the grade. Dennis famously referred to him as “the most disorganised grand prix driver I’ve ever known.”

After the Albert Park podium ceremony Dennis told his team’s newest star, “A very wise old man went into his house and nailed to the ceiling was a pair of shoes. I asked what they were for, and he said they were his son’s shoes. Every time he sees them it reminds him to keep his feet on the ground. I will put some in your hotel room.” (GP247)

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  • McLarenfan

    But as they have said already it is a long way to go and anything can happen, Kevin does seem to have the goods but there are 21 drivers who also feel they could have done as good if not better in the same machinery

  • D.R.S

    Kev sounded so introvert and reserved on the podium… For a rookie who won his first GP, he was sooo composed. I would be jumping everywhere, screaming, going crazy… just all over the place. Kevin was as composed as someone who had tens of GPs under his belt.
    Looks like McLaren have un-earthed another star !!

  • RBC

    Like Jenson Button for example?

  • McLarenfan

    It was Nico who won Kevin was third until the FIA made the Red Bull with Daniel vanish like it was never their and he jumped to second with Jenson third.
    But it may all change again under appeal (I think not).

  • McLarenfan

    I would say that could be true I would love to know just how close it would have been if Jenson had managed to finish his qualifying lap without the yellows but the world is full of what if’s. I think that this years McLaren has some of the magic that they have produced in the past in its DNA and there is a possibility that they have another top driver pairing.

  • D.R.S

    oh sry ! ya.. I meant “for a rookie who ended up on the podium on his first gp” … 3rd to 2nd ..
    though I feel bad for Ricciardo, he deserved that spot !