Kevin Magnussen to leave McLaren

  • Published on 18 Oct 2015 11:05
  • comments 0
  • By: Calle Nilsson

After two years with Team McLaren, young dane Kevin Magnussen will leave the Woking based outfit at the end of 2015.

After an impressive first season last year with the team, with Magnussen scoring an equal amount of points as veteran Kimi Räikkönen, the danish driver was replaced with veteran Fernando Alonso, and was instead made a reserve driver. Magnussen only participated in one race this year, when he replaced Alonso in Australia. The danish driver did however not get much run time, as the car failed almost immediately. While it was still unclear whether Jenson Button would stay in McLaren or not, or even leave the sport altogether, it was often speculated that either Magnussen or another young talent, Stoffel Vandoorne, would replace Button. However, McLaren's option to keep Magnussen went out, and as it was made official that Button would stay for 2016, he recieved a mail on his birthday from McLaren chairman Dennis' assistant, Justine Bowen, explaining that "there would be nothing for me in the future."

Dennis himself said in a comment to Sky F1: "Kevin has always done a very impressive and professional job for McLaren in the five years since he joined our Young Driver Programme in 2010. In 2014 he raced very well alongside Jenson, who is a hugely experienced and very quick World Champion. Kevin's Grand Prix debut in Melbourne last year was rewarded with a podium that day that he, and we, can be justifiably proud of."

Former team mate Jenson Button is of a similar opinion about Magnussen, as he told the danish magazine BT: "He's good enough not only to race in Formula 1, but also to help a team succeed in Formula 1." Button also described Magnussen as the best drier available, and recommended him for any team with a vacant seat.

Magnussen is expected to be replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne as McLaren's reserve driver.

Replies (0)

Login to reply
  • Nice article, I hope Magnussen gets the Lotus Drive :)

    • + 0
    • Oct 18 2015 - 23:04

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BEGrand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

World Championship standings 2024

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Related news

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
29 - Mar 2
Bahrain
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia
22 - Mar 24
Australia
5 - Apr 7
Japan
19 - Apr 21
China
3 - May 5
United States of America
17 - May 19
Italy
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
Spain
28 - Jun 30
Austria
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom
19 - Jul 21
Hungary
26 - Jul 28
Belgium
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands
30 - Sep 1
Italy
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
18 - Oct 20
United States of America
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
Brazil
22 - Nov 24
United States of America
29 - Dec 1
Qatar
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
29 - Mar 2
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
22 - Mar 24
Australia Albert Park
5 - Apr 7
19 - Apr 21
3 - May 5
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
17 - May 19
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom Silverstone
19 - Jul 21
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Jul 28
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
30 - Sep 1
Italy Monza
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
20 - Sep 22
18 - Oct 20
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
Brazil Interlagos
22 - Nov 24
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
29 - Dec 1
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule

Driver profile

  • Team Aston Martin
  • Points 543
  • Podiums 9
  • Grand Prix 155
  • Country ES
  • Date of b. Jul 29 1981 (42)
  • Place of b. Oviedo, ES
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.71 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile
show sidebar