Magnussen may unseat Perez at McLaren

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The future of Sergio Perez at McLaren is believed to be in jeopardy as the team weighs up promoting Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen to the team.

Magnussen romped to victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year winning five races in his sophomore season (and losing a sixth following a technical infringement) and claiming the title by 60 points.

McLaren are understood to have approached several F1 teams with a view to placing Magnussen with them next year, but reports suggest he could follow in Lewis Hamilton’s footsteps by making his debut for the team next year.

Magnussen is unfazed by the possibility of making his debut in F1 next year during a year of upheaval in the regulations. “It could be an advantage for us rookies because if anything it means that experience counts for less,” he told Sky. “No drivers will have experience of driving these cars.”

Perez’s position is in doubt following some lackluster performances earlier this year. But he has shown signs of turning it around recently, equaling McLaren’s best result of the season so far with fifth place in India.

McLaren enjoy an embarrassment of riches on their junior driver program at the moment, as Belgian drive Stoffel Vandoorne finished runner-up to Magnussen in his first season of Formula Renault 3.5.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)