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Magnussen lost out to Grosjean for Haas drive

Kevin Magnussen was Gene Haas' target to lead his incoming F1 team for 2016 had Romain Grosjean turned down the seat.
Gene Haas, eponymous owner of the incoming Haas F1 team, has revealed Kevin Magnussen was in line to join the team had it not secured Romain Grosjean as its lead driver for the 2016 season.

The former McLaren driver made a positive impression during his maiden F1 season with the team in 2014, only to be bumped from its line-up in the wake of Fernando Alonso's signing and Jenson Button's retention.

Spending the 2015 season on the sidelines in the hope of being promoted to a McLaren race drive for 2016, the decision by the team to re-sign Button has subsequently seen Magnussen released from his contract, though his F1 options are now limited to a seemingly unlikely deal with Manor.

Indeed, it is known Magnussen had held exploratory talks with Renault, but Haas says he was also high on his list of options to lead its burgeoning campaign for 2016, only for him to lose out to Grosjean and the well backed Esteban Gutierrez.

“We talked to Magnussen, who was a very good candidate,” he told F1.com. “He was very well respected by the McLaren team. In fact if Romain had declined we would have taken Magnussen as the primary seat."

With Manor now Magnussen's only F1 race drive option for 2016, his chances of landing such a drive will likely depend on whether he can bring significant backing. In the meantime, the Dane has been invited to sample Porsche's 919 Hybrid LMP1, suggesting he is being targeted as Nico Hulkenberg's replacement in its Le Mans line-up, while the former FR3.5 champion has also been linked with IndyCar drives.



Related Pictures

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14.03.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Honda MP4-30.
12.03.2015 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Renault Sport F1 Team group photo, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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Hypoc

November 05, 2015 12:23 PM

And Grosjean would have lost out to Button would he have accepted, so what's the news? He was their third choice? Sorry for Kevin but he won't be back in F1 unles he finds a bag of money, donzens of drivers equal or better waiting and some of them do have a big bag of money.



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