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Magnussen pulls out of Daytona 24 Hours after undergoing hand surgery ahead of 2023 F1 season

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and Haas F1 walks in the

Haas racer Kevin Magnussen has announced that he will not be participating in the 24 Hours of Daytona after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his hand this week.

Magnussen looked set to drive an MDK Motorsport-run Porsche 911 GT3 at the event from January 28-29, but the Dane revealed last week that doctors had found a cyst in his hand that needed to be removed ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

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Earlier in the off-season, Magnussen had taken part in the Gulf 12 Hours alongside his father Jan, and was due for a follow-up outing at Daytona. But, under doctor’s advice, the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix pole-sitter has pulled out of the event.

Explaining the situation on social media, Magnussen said: “The hand surgery went fine, but I have been advised by the doctors not to drive at Daytona. Wishing everyone at MDK Motorsport a great weekend over there.”

Magnussen will now turn his attentions to getting fit for the upcoming Formula 1 season, in which he will be partnered by his new team mate, Nico Hulkenberg, at Haas. Hulkenberg takes the place of fellow German Mick Schumacher, who has since moved into a reserve role at Mercedes.

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