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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen doubtful for Daytona 24 Hours after surgery

Kevin Magnussen was set to make his debut in the Daytona 24 Hours later this month, but that is in doubt.

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Haas Formula 1 racer Kevin Magnussen's planned appearance in the Daytona 24 Hours is in doubt as he requires a small surgery.

Dane Magnussen was set to partner his father Jan, Mark Kvamme and Trenton Estep as the crew aboard the MDK Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 entry in the race, which is set for the final weekend in January.

Magnussen requires a small surgical procedure to remove a cyst from his hand - and with a two week rest period needed afterwards, his participation is in doubt.

"I had a sore wrist so I went to the doctor to have it looked at and they found a cyst that needs to be removed now so I can be ready for the F1 season," he explained - with pre-season testing kicking off in late February ahead of the first Grand Prix in Bahrain on March 5th.

"It’s a harmless procedure, but I probably need to rest for a couple of weeks afterwards. I need to wait and see what the doctor says, but it’s unlikely that I can race at Daytona."

Team owner and teammate Kvamme added that "it's an unfortunate situation for us, but the MDK Motorsports family fully supports Kevin.

"His F1 schedule has highest priority, and the sooner he’s fit for [that], the better.

"The doctors will decide whether he will be able to race with us. If not, we’ll find another opportunity to go racing together."

Magnussen has raced twice at Daytona previously - taking a best finish of fifth in 2021 - and has also taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Gulf 12 Hours alongside his father.

In response to the news, a Haas spokesperson told RacingNews365.com that: "Kevin Magnussen has kept MoneyGram Haas F1 Team fully briefed on his requirement for minor hand surgery.

"The team is looking forward to Kevin being at full strength for his pre-season testing commitments starting next month."

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