The lowdown on Kevin Magnussen
2017: 14th. Born: 5/10/1992.
The son of former grand prix racer Jan Magnussen, Kevin starred at junior level before winning the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 title.
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. Overshadowed by team-mate Jenson Button, the Dane 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.
His F1 career seemed over, until he landed a late drive at the newly rebranded Renault and scored seven of the French team's eight points in 2016 before moving to Haas.
Magnussen proved a reliable second driver behind Romain Grosjean for the American outfit, scoring four top-10 finishes and providing valuable data – which appears to be bearing fruit as he set a surprisingly quick time during 2018 pre-season testing to lift the team's hopes of a competitive campaign ahead.