McLaren has officially confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will complete its driver line-up for the 2014 F1 season after signing the Dane to partner Jenson Button next year.
The 21-year-old will make the move into an F1 race seat having won the Formula Renault 3.5 title this season and replaces Sergio Perez, who confirmed on Wednesday that he was to leave after a single season.
Rumours that Magnussen was set to earn a race seat broke earlier this week, although McLaren had refused to comment other than to say discussions were still ongoing with a number of drivers.
However, on the back of Perez's statement announcing his departure, McLaren has now confirmed that Magnussen will complete its driver line-up in a move that sees him follow in the footsteps of father Jan, who made his F1 debut in a one-off drive with the Woking-based team back in 1995.
“I'm absolutely overjoyed to be making my Formula 1 debut with McLaren,” he said. “I'll put it simply: this team is the best. It's been my dream to drive for McLaren ever since I was a small kid, and it's no exaggeration to say that I've dedicated almost every day of my life to achieving the goal of becoming a McLaren Formula 1 driver.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for everyone at McLaren, and I want to say a massive 'thank you' to everyone, but most of all to Martin and his senior colleagues, for giving me this chance. I won't let you down, guys!
“Equally, in Jenson, I have absolutely the ideal team-mate. He's extremely quick, obviously, but he's also very experienced and superbly capable from a technical perspective. He's a Formula 1 world champion, which is what one day I also hope to become, and I'm determined to learn as much as I can from him.”