Kevin Magnussen, son of 1994 British F3 Champion Jan, and Rupert Svendsen-Cook are the latest drivers to have announced their participation in the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series. Both men will race for champion team Carlin.
Magnussen (pictured) arrives in the UK having enjoyed a race-winning season in German Formula 3; the 18-year-old Dane finished third in that championship, and also contested one event in the F3 Euro Series in Valencia, finishing seventh in his first ever race and winning his second. In 2009, Magnussen raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, finishing seventh.
“I am very pleased to be joining Carlin in British F3. The championship has a very strong history and is still producing drivers that are progressing all the way to F1. With Carlin I know that I will have a very competitive car from the start of the season,” said Magnussen. “I’ve really enjoyed the tests I’ve completed so far and already feel part of the team. I want to thank Carlin but also McLaren for fantastic advice and support and my great sponsors to whom I owe everything – Jack & Jones, Nordea Bank Luxembourg, Puma and Danish Automobile Sports Union / Team Denmark.”
Magnussen Senior holds the record for the most British F3 wins in one season (14). Jan went on to race in F1, with McLaren and Stewart, before a successful sports car career.
The announcement that Svendsen-Cook will stay with Carlin for a second season in British F3 brings the team’s confirmed driver line-up to five: Racing Steps Foundation driver Jack Harvey and Colombian Carlos Huertas were confirmed in recent weeks, and Brazil’s Felipe Nasr was confirmed today also. Ipswich-based Rupert, 20, claimed one race win for the squad and a total of four podium finishes in his rookie season.
Svendsen-Cook said: “I’m very excited to be with Carlin for another season and to be racing in British F3 again. It’s a fantastic place to develop as a driver and with Carlin I have a team that I already know and trust. I want to take the opportunity to thank my sponsors for trusting and investing in me for another season. I can’t wait to start off next season when we left off in 2010 –challenging for podiums and race wins at every event.”
Trevor Carlin said of his new signings: “We’ve been in touch with Kevin for a couple of years now and we’ve been very impressed with his progression up the motorsport ladder. He’s been very sensible in his approach; quietly learning the F3 ropes in Germany before making an assault on the British title. We’ve been very pleased with Kevin’s pace in testing and I’m sure we’ll see another Magnussen on the podium in Britain again very soon.
“Rupert was a real asset to the team in 2010 and I’m delighted that he will have the chance to develop further with us. The step up from Formula BMW to F3 is much greater than from a championship such as Formula Renault and 2010 was very much a steep learning curve for Rupert. He did a fantastic job in his first season of F3 and we see great potential in him for the future.”
courtesy of www.fota.co.uk