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McLaren keen on Whincup

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button and Jamie Whincup pose ahead of the test drive © Getty Images
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Australian V8 champion Jamie Whincup is being touted for an F1 test after impressing McLaren bosses when he did four laps in Jenson Button's car around the Albert Park circuit last week.

"If it was totally my call, I'd give him an opportunity for sure," McLaren's team manager Indy Lall told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "I'd like to bring him to Europe and give him a proper go.

"We've run some obscure drivers in the past because we've had to, but there's a genuine reason why we'd like to try Jamie."

Lall said the 27-year-old Whincup could be included in the young drivers' programme, with three days of testing scheduled before the Spanish Grand Prix in early May.

"At the level he's at it would be quite easy for him to jump into a car and ignore instructions, but he did everything to a tee and more. His handling of the car was exceptional. You could tell that from the telemetry. I think, overall, he did a very, very good job."

The comments encouraged Whincup who said he would "do anything to get another drive". He added: "I have always said I would like to go overseas at some point. This whole experience has made me think about that even more."

Roland Dane, his boss at TeamVodafone, said he "could not stop him if he got a chance like that … I don't want to lose him but I don't think I could stop him".