#AskKevin: Twitter Q&A with Kevin Magnussen


On December 2, the new McLaren race driver Kevin Magnussen tapped into the Twitter-sphere to answer your questions during a live Q&A session.

Here’s a recap of what went down in our first #AskKevin Twitter session:

@gazzajoyno: “How do you feel coming into #F1 with McLaren and partnering a driver like Jenson in your first season?”

KM: “I’m ready to learn from Jenson – he has huge experience. I’ll make the most of the opportunity – he’ll be a great team-mate.”

@thirstyforash: “What’s been the highlight of your career so far?”

KM: “Winning WSR 3.5 this year & getting the McLaren drive!”

@AnnaJCat_UnionJ: “Kevin, what are you most excited about next season?”

KM: “Not one thing, it’s the whole challenge of being in F1. Being with McLaren is what I’m most excited about.”

@super_ruck: “As your Dad [@JanMagnussen] raced for McLaren, do you feel any added pressure to succeed with the team?”

KM: “I feel pressure, because McLaren is a top team, and they expect big results – but not EXTRA pressure because of my dad!” #AskKevin

@shannncorcoran: “Which circuit are you most excited to race on?”

KM: “Suzuka – it has great history, and it looks the best.”

@steveb_1990: “What did you do when you found out you’ll be getting the drive, go out for a drink/meal?”

KM: “I went training!”

@deadlycowpat95: “Favourite race car of all time?”

KM: “It’s the McLaren MP4/4 – won 15 out of 16 races. Amazing car.”

@CodenameFee: “Hamilton also debuted in a McLaren. Can you use his season as a marker?”

KM: “It’s proof that it’s been done before, which is positive. Lewis is a fantastic driver.”

@TheF1leprechaun: “Which race will you consider your “home” race next season?”

KM: “None, unfortunately – but I hope to see a lot of Danes at the European races. Their support would mean so much.”

@cbenitz: “Senna or Prost?”

KM: “Senna!”

@adamgatto: “What would you be doing if you weren’t a race driver?”

KM: “I’d cry!” 😉

@Craig-O: “What is your favourite thing about the UK?”

KM: “Indian food! And McLaren, obviously!”

@Gavllen: “How much are you looking forward to being in #Tooned?”

KM: “Love Tooned – it will be strange but cool…”

@F1_Around_World: “Do you have a nickname?”

KM: “Just Kev…”

@Rodree8: “What do you prefer: dominate a race or fight for positions?”

KM: “As long as it’s for P1, I love fighting for positions!”

@Craig-o: “Which corners are you looking forward to tackling in a F1 car?”

KM: “Eau Rouge – a fantastic corner – and could return to being a challenge with the 2014 cars.

@PrinzMFF: “Do you have any special rituals before starting a race?”

KM: “Many – but they’re secret!”

@hctbm: “Have you got a helmet design yet?”

KM: “I usually design it to match the car’s colours – watch this space!”

@andreasutardi: “Who’s your fave musician?”

KM: “At the moment, it’s Mads Langer – a Danish singer. No Gravity is a great song.”

@alessiosoccer09: “What are your hobbies, apart from racing?”

KM: “I love watersports – especially jet-skiing & waterskiing.”


Listen to the F1 powered track on the new Steve Mason album

‘The Last Of Heroes’ taps Mason’s love of dub, as bass and beats soundtrack the Brazilian-Portuguese commentary of a Formula 1 race between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. It seems an odd allusion, until you remember that the privileged Senna, before his fatal crash, had intended to start a charitable organisation – and that, when it was established, posthumously, it would generate millions for social programmes. [Source]


Senna movie wins Sundance award

The new Senna movie has won a prestigious American award at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Much of the world’s motor racing press were treated to a screening of the film at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix and, predictably, were captivated. The American award, in front of a much more hard-bitten, critical and potentially ambivalent audience, is just reward for an excellent piece of documentary film-making.

Senna, directed by Asif Kapadia and written by Manish Pandey, has won the World Cinema Audience Award. It has already been released in both Brazil, Senna’s native country, and Japan, where the three-time champion had a huge following stemming from his long association with Honda. It is due to be released in the UK shortly before the British GP in July and the award will also mean that it could fare well in the traditionally more difficult US market.

[via grandprix.com]