Feb.15 (GMM) McLaren has signed up the son of a former team driver to test its 2012 Formula One car later this year.
He moved on to contest 24 Grands Prix with Stewart until he was stepped down for poor performances in 1998.
Now, the 38-year-old's son Kevin, who is 19, has been signed up for McLaren's young driver programme, which will include a seat at the young driver test later this year.
Like Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, Magnussen will also work in McLaren's state-of-the-art simulator.
He first caught McLaren's attention in 2010, and last year finished runner-up in the British F3 championship with eight poles and seven wins.
This year, he will contest the Renault World Series.
"The team has shown great faith in me so far and I feel that this is an important step in my career," said Magnussen.