Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he wanted to race at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans for Corvette alongside his father, Jan, but was unable to secure a seat with the team.
The Danish driver was dropped by McLaren for the 2015 F1 season after his rookie year, taking up a reserve role with the British team to make room for new arrival Fernando Alonso.
Without a race seat this year, Magnussen did try to secure a drive elsewhere in a bid to keep sharp and push for a swift return to F1, and even asked Corvette if he could race alongside his father at Le Mans.
Jan Magnussen has raced for Corvette Racing at Le Mans since 2004, claiming four GT class victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Most recently, he won the GTLM class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, finishing fourth overall alongside Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe.
Speaking to the media following his test day in Barcelona, Kevin Magnussen said that he had enquired about a place at Le Mans with Corvette, but was told that the seats had already been filled.
“I asked my Dad if he would ask Corvette if there was an available seat there,” Magnussen said. “That would be really cool to do, be teammates with your Dad at Le Mans and try to win the class, but they had already signed the drivers for the car.
“So unfortunately that doesn’t look like it’ll happen this year. I got the call quite late that I would not be racing in Formula 1, so a lot of the doors were closed already. The options are very limited, but I’m also not completely sure if racing something else is the best thing to do when you want to get back to F1.”
Magnussen will not be taking part in any practice sessions for McLaren this year, restricting him to the two in-season tests in Spain and Austria for track time. Although the Dane is frustrated, he is refusing to give up on his F1 dream.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Magnussen said. “I desperately wanted to race this year and it has been tough immediately after learning that I didn’t have the drive. It was very sad times. I was looking forward to having another year.
“I was looking forward to continuing the progress and I felt like I had a lot more to learn. I’ve been massively disappointed but I understand the situation.
“I haven’t given up. I’m fully focused on getting back to Formula 1. I’ve just got to make the right choices and do the right things to put myself in the best situation for that.”