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Dennis: My decision to give Magnussen F1 drive

Ron Dennis reveals it was his decision to give Kevin Magnussen a McLaren race seat and dump Sergio Perez
McLaren boss Ron Dennis has confirmed it was his decision to promote Kevin Magnussen this season and give the Dane his chance at the pinnacle of the sport alongside 2009 F1 world champion, Jenson Button.

Magnussen was announced as a McLaren driver for F1 2014 in mid-November last year off the back of his title success in Formula Renault 3.5.

The decision came as something of a surprise, not least to Sergio Perez, who found himself cast aside, before eventually inking a deal with Force India.

“The decision to take Kevin was mine,” Dennis said in an interview with the official F1 site. “It was only possible to take Kevin because of my decision - that would be accurate.

"I took the decision because I felt that we needed to see if he could meet the expectations of our engineers, and so far he has done a great job.”

Magnussen took third on-track in Australia in his first race in F1 last month – provisionally promoted to second after Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion – and while he hasn't done quite so well since then in Malaysia and Bahrain, he did still score at Sepang, coming home ninth, while clutch problems stopped him and Button in Sakhir.

Meanwhile, Dennis added that he was very impressed with McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne in Bahrain. Vandoorne won the GP2 Feature race.

“Stoffel did a great job last weekend in Bahrain, so I think he will be highly desirable by the end of the season,” Dennis continued.

Asked if McLaren could go for both Magnussen and Vandoorne in 2015, Dennis replied: “Anything is possible, but Jenson is doing a great job.

"Jenson is quick and he is dedicated so there is no reason not to stay with him from any perspective. But we still have a whole season to go...”

Tagged as: Mclaren , Magnussen , Dennis , F1 2014

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April 12, 2014 11:05 AM

I very much doubt that Jenson's time is up, and I should imagine he'll see at least the first season with Honda power. After that, he has said in the past that he expects to keep working for McLaren in some capacity. Come back to me if Kevin outpoints him by season's end, MikeLite.


April 12, 2014 11:06 AM

I think Jenson is an understated driver if you compare him to all the team mates he has had he comes out quite well. I think twitmarsh wantid to retain Sergio this could have been one of the things contributing to him no longer being there

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