Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen could find himself behind the wheel of a GTE Pro-spec Corvette one day.
Magnussen, who is the son of Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen, has expressed a desire to race at Le Mans with his father in the future. In a recent interview with RaceFans, the Dane said he has already been cleared by his Haas F1 Team to participate in the race, but he wants to ensure he is properly prepared for the challenge before he hops in the car.
“I’d love to do it in a Corvette – he’s been with Corvette for like fifteen years or something, I don’t know – fifteen, twenty years and that’s him, you know, I’d love to jump into his world,” Magnussen said. “We’d be going for the (GTE Pro) class win. It would just be great to share a race car and to work together, professionally.”
“I don’t want to just jump in unprepared because not only is it bad for me, it’s actually also bad for my dad because he needs to win, also and I need to be able to actually live up to it and actually bring something to the table,” Magnussen added.
The No. 63 Corvette that Jan Magnussen shares with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller was in contention to win the GTE Pro class during this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans before it was split from the leaders under a safety car. Magnussen was then running in the top three when he made a mistake and went into the barrier, forcing him to pit for repairs. The No. 63 car was classified ninth in GTE Pro at the checkered flag.
Kevin Magnussen first alluded to making an appearance at Le Mans when he lost his drive with McLaren at the conclusion of the 2014 Formula 1 season. This left him searching for a ride elsewhere as his F1 future was called into doubt, however he later found a ride with Renault’s F1 team before landing at American team Haas. Magnussen even went as far to ask his father to inquire about a ride with Corvette Racing at the time, however the General Motors factory team had already signed its drivers for the upcoming season.