Kevin Magnussen will have a test of the Porsche 919 Hybrid in Barcelona, along with fellow youngsters Mitch Evans and Oliver Turvey, Porsche confirmed on Tuesday.
For Magnussen, who turns 23 next month, it will mark his sports car test debut in the two-day test from November 10-11. Magnussen, the ex-McLaren driver and this year’s reserve, is a free agent for next season.
“We decided to give three young drivers a chance to test the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The seat fit and simulator preperation is already done. We are looking forward to the test and will see what the future brings,” said team principal Andreas Seidl.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.