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Kevin Magnussen

The lowdown on Kevin Magnussen

Lee McKenzie's view

"Kevin Magnussen hasn't had an easy introduction to Formula 1. He pitched up in Australia in 2014 and got onto the podium straightaway for McLaren and everyone thought 'this guy is incredible,' but after that things tailed off. 

"Kevin is a very talented young driver and we've seen how hard it is for young drivers to go to McLaren and perform instantly.

"However, Kevin was there at the wrong time, just when Mercedes engine power was leaving the team and when there were too many drivers around the team. He lost his drive and wasn't able to secure another seat in F1. 

"He returned with Renault to kickstart his career but it was a team that took some time to get up to speed. His star is not waning but it was slightly stagnant in 2016 - will a move to Haas be a chance to shine?"


The son of former grand prix racer Jan Magnussen, Kevin starred at junior level before winning the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 title in crushing fashion.

The McLaren junior, known best as K-Mag, replaced Sergio Perez at the Woking-based team for 2014 and made an immediate impact by scoring a podium on his debut in Melbourne.

But that would ultimately prove to be the highlight of his rookie campaign, and overshadowed by team-mate Jenson Button, Magnussen was replaced by Fernando Alonso at the end of the season.

A frustrating year on the sidelines as a reserve driver followed, before Magnussen received the boot in favour of rising star Stoffel Vandoorne at season’s end.

K-Mag’s F1 career seemed over, until he landed a late drive at the newly rebranded Renault team. With a point to prove, Magnussen scored seven of Renault's eight points in 2016 before moving to Haas.