McLaren seeking seats for young talents

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McLaren have spoken to three different F1 teams about placing their young driver Kevin Magnussen in their squads for 2014.

Lotus, Force India and Marussia have all been approached about the possibility of running Magnussen, son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen.

Marussia have already confirmed Jules Bianchi will continue to drive for them next year while Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta are considered likely to remain at Lotus and Force India respectively.

Magnussen (pictured with Jenson Button) is a sophomore driver in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship and leads the standings with two races remaining. The only driver who can keep him from the title is yellow McLaren junior driver, the rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he’d like to get both drivers into Formula One in the near future.

“One way or another we’ll find a way,” said Whitmarsh about McLaren’s efforts to place them in F1.

“They both deserve it. “They are both going to be Formula One drivers in the future. It’s a question of how quickly we get them there. They are young enough, they don’t have to get there next year.”

Jan Magnussen made his grand prix debut in a one-off start for McLaren 18 years ago. He later spent a season and a half driving for Stewart before being dropped.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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