Kevin Magnussen is set to team-up with Spaniard Fernando Alonso at McLaren for the Honda reunion in 2015, according to a Danish report.
Tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet made the bold prediction following the 21-year-old Dane's recent crowning as champion of the well respected Formula Renault 3.5 series beating other future F1 stars such as Antonio Felix da Costa and Sergey Sirotkin.
Kevin, the son of former driver Jan Magnussen, is a product of McLaren's young driver program and is linked with a move to back-of-the-grid Marussia for 2014 replacing the struggling Max Chilton.
"I have focused entirely on achieving this goal (the 2013 title), because you cannot even dream of going to Formula One if you do not deserve it," he said in Barcelona.
There is little evidence to back-up Magnussen is being considered, indeed current McLaren driver Jenson Button is widely expected to remain with the Woking team for Honda's return in 2015 but reports of Alonso making a shock return could be gaining traction.
The Bild am Sonntag reports Honda and McLaren have come to a deal to split what would be a huge salary bill for Alonso's services from 2015, however Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali is confident of keeping the Spaniard.
"I do not fear losing Fernando," he told Sport Bild.
"He has a contract and he recently made clear that he is staying. He wants to win with us, and we want to win with him," Domenicali added.
If Button remained then the driver Alonso would replace is Mexican Sergio Perez, the 23-year-old has struggled in his first year at McLaren following a move from Sauber, however his boss Martin Whitmarsh backed Checo following his crashes in Suzuka eight days ago.
"A lot of people had problems - it is that sort of circuit," explained Whitmarsh. "With the incident on Friday, I think we can probably show 50 of this type of crash at that very corner and that same type of incident.
"It is something about going into Spoon there. You drift over to the right – Michael [Schumacher] did it last year on Friday. It is one of those things that happens. It is not great, but it was OK.
"I think Checo was racing well too. Where we were, he should have able to get seventh or eighth. Considering where we are at the moment, I think the last two or three races he has raced very well indeed."
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