McLaren confirms Magnussen for 2014
14 November 2013 – McLaren has confirmed the widely anticipated news that Kevin Magnussen will race for the outfit next season. The 21-year-old Dane, who won this year's Formula Renault 3.5 title, replaces Sergio Pérez and teams up with Jenson Button.
A long-time member of McLaren's junior programme, Magnussen was thrust into the spotlight this month when it emerged that Pérez, who joined the team from Sauber at the end of last season, was being re-evaluated after a largely challenging season.
And on Wednesday evening, Pérez announced his exit from the team, paving the way for McLaren to announce Magnussen as only its third rookie Formula 1 signing.
"I'm absolutely overjoyed to be making my Formula 1 debut with McLaren," said Magnussen, the son of ex-F1 driver Jan. "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 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 [team boss] Martin [Whitmarsh] and his senior colleagues, for giving me this chance."
With Button remaining onboard for what will be a fifth successive season, Magnussen feels that he has "the ideal team-mate" to learn from throughout his rookie campaign.
"He's extremely quick, but he's also very experienced and superbly capable from a technical perspective," said Magnussen. "He's a 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."
"Kevin is clearly very talented and very determined, and we therefore have high hopes for him," added team boss Whitmarsh. "Every time he's tested our Formula 1 car, he's been very quick and very methodical, and his feedback has been first-class.
"The manner in which he won this year's World Series by Renault 3.5 series was truly outstanding, showcasing as it did not only his impressive natural pace but also his increasing maturity and ability to structure and manage a championship campaign."
Whitmarsh also thanked Pérez for his efforts during his one-year spell with the team.