McLaren protege Kevin Magnussen has claimed he is "ready" for a top drive in F1 as early as 2014.
Last week the 21-year-old won the respected Formula Renault 3.5 in Barcelona and this week has been shown off by McLaren in India. Recent rumours have linked him to Marussia for 2014, however in India another team beginning with M has been mentioned.
"Well, what you see in the media and what is reality in the team are two completely different stories," Sergio Perez told F1's official website.
The 23-year-old is yet to be confirmed by McLaren for next season and the Woking based team are no stranger to putting their top young driver straight into the team as they did so with Lewis Hamilton back in 2007.
Asked in Delhi what was making him more happy at the moment, his FR 3.5 title or his McLaren connection, Magnussen said: "Winning the title was nice.
"But I guess the connection to McLaren is important because it could be my ticket to grand prix racing," Magnussen is quoted as saying by Speed Week.
"I also know that everything has to fit together if I drive in formula one next year. I know I'm ready," he insisted.
"I have learned enough to take the step, so if it works, I'm happy. If it doesn't work for 2014, the world won't end and I'm in good hands with McLaren."
As for the question which team he could be driving for next season, Magnussen was keeping quiet.
"I don't know where I'll go," he said. "If it is a good team, I will have to prove immediately that I deserve the trust.
"I have no problem with it. If it is with quite a small team, maybe the pressure will be less, but the expectations will be the same."
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