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Dennis admits comeback to ensure Magnussen seat - McLaren's new boss explains the reason for his F1 return

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Dennis admits comeback to ensure Magnussen seat
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Returning McLaren boss Ron Dennis has admitted that his comeback was, in part, to make sure that rookie Danish driver Kevin Magnussen got the race seat replacing Sergio Pérez.

Autosport reports Dennis was keen for Kevin to make the step up to Formula One, saying: “Sometimes only one person can take that decision - in this instance it was me because there were a range of issues. There were a few occasions when I stepped in during 2013 and that was one of them.”

Talking of the rookie’s first Grand Prix, in which he finished on the podium, Dennis adds: “He has all the ingredients necessary to win the world championship but he has to be in a competitive car. One race is one race. We will see how four races go.”

McLaren lead the championship standings after the Australian Grand Prix. Racing director Éric Boullier said after the race: “The guys did a brilliant job, because both cars are in the points, they are big points and they finished the race. But the target is also to lead the championship after the last race.”