Kevin Magnussen has revealed he is happier when his family do not attend races with him.
His father, Jan, drove in 25 F1 races in the 1990s and has been involved in the motorsport world for over 20 years. Currently involved in sports car racing, Magnussen senior told The Guardian back in January:
Now Kevin is in Formula One I've thought a lot about how long my career will go on. I've got to decide whether I can focus on what I'm doing or whether I'd rather be with Kevin. But I don't want to be his manager. I want to be his dad, and that's it.
We've become very close in the past two or three years and I want to be a good dad to him and be there when things go well but also stand right beside him when things go wrong. That's all I want to do.
But speaking to The Guardian's Paul Weaver in Shanghai, the younger Magnussen didn't sound too keen on the idea, saying:
I'm quite happy to be alone. For the reason that if I have family round I feel a distraction. It's nice to have them there, really nice, but then I want to spend time with them, and that's not good. It's frustrating. So I prefer them not to be there, really. I prefer to spend time with the engineers.
It's cool to have a dad who understands what you mean when you talk about oversteer or traction. But it's not a help at the race.
It's not the first time a young McLaren driver has expressed the desire for a bit of breathing space away from family members. Lewis Hamilton famously fell out with his father Anthony in 2010.
Hamilton's father had, up to that point, been his manager and a constant presence in the pit lane supporting his son.
But other drivers thrive on having their family around them, including Magnussen's team-mate Jenson Button. He was very close to his father, John, who attended all but one of his son's races before he sadly passed away in January this year.
Button's fiancee, Jessica Michibata, also accompanies her future husband to all his races.
Each driver must pick the path which is best for himself, and for now at least, it seems Kevin Magnussen is happier on his own.