McLaren development driver Kevin Magnussen says he’s “as ready as you can get” to race in F1 next year.
Magnussen, the son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship – part of the World Series by Renault – last weekend.
“I’m very proud about my record in 2013,” he told McLaren’s website. “Now the aim is for Formula One next year. That’s what I’ve been aiming at for a long time. The time is now.”
However it seems unlikely Magnussen could emulate Lewis Hamilton by moving straight into McLaren’s F1 team next year, as Hamilton did in 2007. McLaren are believed to have approached several junior teams about placing Magnussen with them next year.
The 21-year-old Dane ended the year on a high, claiming pole position for the last four races of them and winning all of them, apart from one race where he was disqualified due to a technical infringement. That was the only time in the last nine races he failed to finish on the podium.
“Whenever I’m asked about Formula One, I always reply that, yes, I feel ready,” he said. “I look at this way: I’ve done everything I could to prove myself in World Series – now it’s up to somebody else to make a decision.”
Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course
As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.
“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.
Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.
Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.
Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.
He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.
Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.
The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.
With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.
Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.