Jan Magnussen hails son’s F1 debut “exceeded expectations”

Jan Magnussen hails son’s F1 debut “exceeded expectations”

magnussenFormer McLaren F1 driver Jan Magnussen had nothing but praise for his son Kevin Magnussen’s debut at the Australian Grand Prix.

Magnussen himself was competing in the United Sportscar 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida with Corvette Racing on Saturday, which prevented him from attending the Australian Grand Prix and see his son race in person.

The proud father was awash with emotion when asked how he felt moments after witnessing his son on the podium at his first grand prix.

“To see him today on the podium was just unbelievable,” said Magnussen. “I can’t even put it into words how I’m feeling other than it’s fantastic and he just keeps surprising me, that’s all I can say.”

“When we first started driving karts with Kevin, this was just some crazy dream that one day maybe he’ll be in F1.”

“He was good immediately but what’s been the most impressive has been how he’s developed – How he keeps getting better and how he keeps finding ways to become better. For the last couple of years he’s been extremely fast but the biggest change has been how he’s using his head and how he’s making things happen for himself. It’s crazy. It’s fantastic.”

“I’m still amazed and so proud of the job he did – I can not wait to get to Malaysia two see him race in the next event for McLaren.”

“I try not to have any expectations. I had a dream that this would happen – A podium would be out of this world.”

“He keeps exceeding my expectations all the time. It’s fantatsic. This was way more than anybody could have hoped for.”

Listen to Jan Magnussen’s full reaction below.

Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes

Peter Leung

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