In 1995, a promising young Dane made his Formula 1 debut with McLaren. That man was Jan Magnussen and in a delightful twist of fate, some 19 years later, the same team handed an F1 chance to his son, Kevin.
Born in the town of Roskilde in October 1992, Kevin began his racing career with success in karts before jumping into single-seaters in 2008. In his first season he won the Danish Formula Ford championship in dominant fashion, recording 11 wins, 12 podiums, six pole positions and 10 fastest laps.
The following year he stepped up to Formula Renault 2.0, finishing second as 'rookie of the year' in the Northern European Cup and seventh in the ultra-competitive Eurocup.
Keen to keep the momentum going, Magnussen graduated to German Formula Three in 2010, scoring an impressive victory on his series debut. A further two wins helped cement third in the standings and another rookie of the year crown, as well as an invitation to join McLaren's prestigious young driver programme.