There is a certain comportment in grand prix racing that has been around for decades. If you can’t get a drive in Formula 1, perhaps a ride in Indycar is the next option. That old notion seems to be the one that McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen is hanging his hat on for 2016:
“I’ve always loved IndyCar and I think there’s something about it which is really cool,” Magnussen added. “I just like old-school racing.
“We had such a short time to find the budget [this year] and then with what happened to Fernando McLaren needed me, and I didn’t really have the time to find the budget.”
There was a time (CART/CHAMP) that I would have agreed with him because in the CART days, the US was putting on some great racing in some interesting cars. These days? Well, perhaps it’s best I don’t say anything.
If McLaren take up their option on Jenson Button for 2016, then Kevin has no driving role and for me, the extending of the Button contract should be an exciting affair but you’ll see no party favors or glass-breaking excitement coming from Woking. It will be a somber affair with tight lips and predator grey press releases from Mr. Bishop.
To those ends, I have to assume that driving in the World Endurance Championship would be a better option than Indycar these days. The cars, teams and engineers are more aligned with F1 and you would get a chance to drive alongside other F1 rejects and retirees. Not to mention the danger is supercharged in Indycar versus F1 or WEC. Going 220mph next to concrete walls is not for the faint of heart.
If I were Toyota, I think I would look strongly at Kevin for a ride in WEC. Their drivers have done fine but it seems there have been some fast laps left on the table over driver mistakes and perhaps a young, hungry Magnussen could be a shot in the arm for the team? Just a thought.
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