Kevin Magnussen has declared himself "ready" for formula one -- even at a top team. The McLaren-backed youngster has just wrapped up the Formula Renault 3.5 title, and rumours suggest he could make ...
The McLaren-backed youngster has just wrapped up the Formula Renault 3.5 title, and rumours suggest he could make his debut next year with Marussia.
But with Sergio Perez still not confirmed at McLaren for 2014, rumours Magnussen, 21, could replace him are also swirling in the paddock in India.
"Well, what you see in the media and what is reality in the team are two completely different stories," Mexican Perez told F1's official website.
Nonetheless, there is a feeling that McLaren's man of the moment is Magnussen, the son of former F1 driver Jan, who was presented to the world's media by the Woking based team in India.
Asked if his new 2013 title, or his solid McLaren connection, are giving him the warmest feelings at present, he smiled: "Winning the title was nice.
"But I guess the connection to McLaren is important because it could be my ticket to grand prix racing," Magnussen is quoted by Speed Week.
"I also know that everything has to fit together if I drive in formula one next year. I know I'm ready," he insisted.
"I have learned enough to take the step, so if it works, I'm happy. If it doesn't work for 2014, the world won't end and I'm in good hands with McLaren."
As for which 'M' he might make his F1 debut with next year - Marussia or McLaren - Magnussen would not be drawn.
"I don't know where I'll go," he said. "If it is a good team, I will have to prove immediately that I deserve the trust.
"I have no problem with it. If it is with quite a small team, maybe the pressure will be less, but the expectations will be the same."