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McLaren confirms Magnussen

McLaren confirms that Kevin Magnussen will partner Jenson Button for the 2014 F1 season
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.”

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November 14, 2013 1:49 PM

Congratulations to Magnussen and to McLaren. This is the only top team that give opportunities to young talented drivers. Red Bull uses Toro Rosso as a filter for young driver. Ferrari uses Sauber or signs drivers from rival teams. Mercedes has entered F1 in 2010 but until know they never spoke about a rookie in one of their seats. So hat off to McLaren, they brought Hamilton to F1 and now Kevin Magnussen. I wish the best to both of them.


November 14, 2013 4:56 PM

@Ojay "Williams that gave Button his opportunity who was rubbish and overhyped" You really know nothing do you? Button came into F1 with extremely impressive credentials - more so than Hamilton. And he did it without a major F1 team funding his ENTIRE junior career! It was just unfortunate for Button that he got into an under performing car - unlike Hamilton, who after the biggest grooming ever of a young driver, was gifted one of the, if not the, fastest cars on the grid. Educate yourself you nonse!

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