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Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen

Danish racing driver
Kevin Magnussen
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Danish racing driver
A.K.A. Kevin Jan Magnussen
Is Racecar driver
From Denmark
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 October 1992, Roskilde
Age 27 years
Family
Father: Jan Magnussen
The details

Biography

Kevin Jan Magnussen (born 5 October 1992) is a Danish racing driver, currently driving for the Haas F1 Team. The son of four-time Le Mans GT class winner, GM factory driver and former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen, Kevin Magnussen came up through McLaren Formula One team's Young Driver Programme and drove for McLaren in the 2014 Formula One World Championship.

Early career

Born in Roskilde, Denmark, Magnussen began his career in karting. In 2008 he made the step up to Formula Ford in Denmark, winning the championship. He also raced in six races of the ADAC Formel Masters series.

In 2009 Magnussen moved up to Formula Renault, finishing runner-up to António Félix da Costa in the Northern European Cup and finishing seventh in the Eurocup, driving for Motopark Academy.

In 2010 Magnussen competed in the German Formula Three Championship with Motopark Academy and Carlin Motorsport; winning the opening round of the season at Oschersleben. He finished third in the championship, taking the rookie title in the process.

In 2011 Magnussen moved on to Cooper Tires British Formula 3 with Carlin.

Formula One career

Magnussen had his first experience of the McLaren MP4-27 Formula One car on track at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test on 6 November 2012. He set a quickest time of 1:42.651. Previously he had done work in the team's driving simulator. Magnussen's time was the best of the three-day test impressing McLaren's sporting director Sam Michael. The distance he covered in the course of the test was sufficient to earn his FIA Super Licence.

McLaren (2014–2015)

Magnussen at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix

On 14 November 2013 it was confirmed that Magnussen would drive for McLaren for the 2014 season, replacing Sergio Pérez. In line with a new rule introduced in Formula One for the 2014 season – where drivers picked a car number that they would use during their career – Magnussen raced with number 20 as this was the number he had on his DAMS car in 2013 when he won the championship.

At the Jerez and Bahrain pre-season tests he topped the timesheets, and at the first race in Australia, he qualified in fourth position. In the race itself, Magnussen avoided crashing at the start – after his car encountered oversteer through wheelspin – and after passing Lewis Hamilton's ailing Mercedes in the early stages, Magnussen maintained position to take a third-place finish; he finished 2.2 seconds on-the-road behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in second place. As a result, Magnussen became only the second Danish driver – after his father Jan, who was sixth at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix – to take a points-scoring finish, and the first debutant, since Hamilton at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, to take a podium in his first Grand Prix. After the race, Magnussen described the result as "like a victory". He was later promoted to second place in the results, after Ricciardo was disqualified due to fuel irregularities, making him the first rookie to finish second since Jacques Villeneuve at the 1996 Australian Grand Prix. Magnussen recorded eleven further points-scoring finishes throughout 2014, the majority being ninth- or tenth-place finishes; although Magnussen recorded seventh-place finishes in Austria and Great Britain – circuits where he had prior experience from junior formulae – and a fifth-place finish in Russia. On 11 December 2014, however, it was announced Fernando Alonso would be returning to McLaren to partner Button, leaving Magnussen to be a test and reserve driver for McLaren.

On 3 March 2015, McLaren announced that Magnussen would replace Fernando Alonso in the Australian Grand Prix. Magnussen replaced the senior McLaren driver after doctors advised Alonso to not race due to a concussion obtained during a testing incident on 22 February. However, Magnussen failed to start the race after suffering an engine failure on the formation lap.

On 5 October 2015, he received an e-mail from the personal assistant of McLaren chairman, Ron Dennis, releasing him from McLaren. This was made public by McLaren on 16 October.

Renault (2016)

Magnussen at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

After being released by McLaren, Magnussen was confirmed to have been in discussion to drive for the Haas F1 Team, before Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez were named as the team's drivers. Magnussen had reportedly been in talks about a seat at Manor Racing in Formula One as well. Magnussen tested a Mercedes DTM car, and Porsche's LMP1 car, hinting that he may have had options outside Formula One, including IndyCar, where he was believed to have entered talks with Bryan Herta Autosport about a drive.

On 28 January 2016, unconfirmed reports emerged that Magnussen was set to replace Pastor Maldonado at Renault, partnering rookie Jolyon Palmer for the upcoming season, following a breach of contract between Maldonado and the team. On 3 February, Renault confirmed Magnussen had joined their 2016 campaign.

Haas (2017)

On 10 November 2016, it was announced that Magnussen signed a contract with Haas for 2017. He will become the first driver to drive all 4 hybrid power units since the hybrid era started in 2014.

Personal life

Magnussen lived in Woking, Surrey, near the McLaren Technology Centre whilst he raced for McLaren. After leaving McLaren he moved back to Roskilde in Denmark.

Between participating in Formula Ford in 2008 and unexpectedly securing sponsorship for Formula Renault in 2009, Magnussen was forced to abandon his racing career and work as a factory welder due to lack of funding.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula Ford Denmark Fukamuni Racing 15 11 6 10 12 267 1st
Formula Ford Duratec Benelux 2 0 0 0 0 19 19th
Formula Ford Festival – Duratec class 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Formula Ford NEZ 1 1 1 1 1 27 4th
ADAC Formel Masters Van Amersfoort Racing 4 0 0 1 2 30 12th
Portugal Winter Series FR2.0 Motopark Academy 2 0 0 0 1 12 10th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Motopark Academy 14 1 2 4 12 278 2nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 1 1 50 7th
Renault Clio Cup Denmark  ? 2 0 0 0 1 18 12th
2010 German Formula Three Motopark Academy 18 3 0 0 8 96 3rd
Formula 3 Euro Series 2 1 0 0 1 8 12th
2011 British Formula 3 Carlin 29 7 6 9 9 237 2nd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 19th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin 17 1 3 0 3 106 7th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series DAMS 17 5 8 3 13 274 1st
2014 Formula One McLaren Mercedes 19 0 0 0 1 55 11th
2015 Formula One McLaren Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2016 Formula One Renault Sport F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 7 16th

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2010 Motopark Academy Dallara F308/099 Volkswagen LEC
1
LEC
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
VAL
1
7
VAL
2

1
NOR
1
NOR
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
12th 8

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Carlin ALC
1
2
ALC
2
Ret
MON
1
Ret
SPA
1

21
SPA
2

1
NÜR
1
5
NÜR
2
8
MSC
1
16†
MSC
2
10
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2
Ret
HUN
1
2
HUN
2
23†
LEC
1
6
LEC
2
24†
CAT
1
5
CAT
2
4
7th 106
2013 DAMS MNZ
1
2
MNZ
2
2
ALC
1

1
ALC
2
9
MON
1
4
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

3
MSC
1
11
MSC
2
2
RBR
1
3
RBR
2
3
HUN
1
2
HUN
2

2
LEC
1

DSQ
LEC
2

1
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

1
1st 274

† Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2014 McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes PU106A Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS
2
MAL
9
BHR
Ret
CHN
13
ESP
12
MON
10
CAN
9
AUT
7
GBR
7
GER
9
HUN
12
BEL
12
ITA
10
SIN
10
JPN
14
RUS
5
USA
8
BRA
9
ABU
11
11th 55
2015 McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 Honda RA615H 1.6 V6 t AUS
DNS
MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA MEX BRA ABU NC 0
2016 Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 1.6 V6 t AUS
12
BHR
11
CHN
17
RUS
7
ESP
15
MON
Ret
CAN
16
EUR
14
AUT
14
GBR
17†
HUN
15
GER
16
BEL
Ret
ITA
17
SIN
10
MAL
Ret
JPN
14
USA
12
MEX
17
BRA
14
ABU
Ret
16th 7

† Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

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