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Breaking Down Kevin Magnussen’s Australian GP: Why McLaren Debutant Is Real Deal

The first time I attended the Australian Grand Prix in person was way back in 1998 as a guest of Stewart Grand Prix. A young driver by the name of Jan Magnussen was making his debut for the team in a first full season in Formula One that promised much. But his race was over on the opening lap after a collision with Ralf Schumacher and he was replaced after only seven races with a solitary point to his name. Sixteen years later, another Magnussen made his Australian Grand Prix debut but this time the young Dane lived up to expectations and delivered in style with a fine drive to third. He was later promoted to second following Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification and in doing so became the first rookie since Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 t...

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