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‘It’s such a special thing’ – Kevin Magnussen ‘really excited’ to race with father Jan in Gulf 12 Hours

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Although the F1 winter break is well underway, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen will be back behind the wheel of a racing car this weekend as he takes on the Gulf 12 Hours endurance event with father Jan.

Kevin and Jan are set to share a MDK Motorsports-run Ferrari 488 GT3 in the December 9-11 encounter, which takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi – the same venue as last month’s F1 season finale.

Jan raced in F1 during the 1990s, representing McLaren and Stewart and scoring a point with the latter, before going on to forge a successful sports car career, claiming four 24 Hours of Le Mans class victories and a class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Kevin has also dabbled in sports car racing, previously testing for the Porsche World Endurance Championship (WEC) effort, contesting the US-based IMSA SportsCar Championship and signing to race with Peugeot in the WEC before his shock F1 comeback with Haas in 2022.

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Jan Magnussen made 24 Grand Prix starts – 23 of which were with the Stewart team

Having raced together at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans – where they finished 29th overall and 17th in the LMP2 class with an Oreca 07-Gibson – the Magnussens will hit the track again in the Middle East, with Kevin relishing the opportunity.

“We’re going to get a few laps in the car before going to Abu Dhabi with it. But, of course, it’s something that I’m really excited about,” said 30-year-old Kevin, 19 years younger than father Jan.

“Racing with my dad is always something that I enjoy a lot. It’s such a special thing that we’re still both active racing drivers at the same time. He’s not that old, so I feel like I have to grab the opportunity, as much as I can, while he’s still in good shape and fast.

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“It’s the first time that we’re going to drive in a GT car together and I think he’s going to be pretty hard to beat in that one, but we’ll see!”

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Kevin and Jan Magnussen will share the cockpit again after a previous outing together at Le Mans

Kevin is not the only son of an ex-F1 driver on the current grid, with reigning two-time champion Max Verstappen following in the footsteps of father Jos, who competed for the likes of Benetton, Tyrrell and Minardi from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s.

Given that Jos also tried his hand at GT racing after F1, Max was asked about the prospect of joining the Magnussens as a father-son racing duo in the future.

“I want to, but he doesn’t want to at the moment, so I need to convince him! He’s fully into rallying. I hope, of course, in the coming years, we can do that,” said Max.

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To hear more about Jan Magnussen’s life before, during and after F1, listen to his recent appearance on the Beyond The Grid podcast.

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