- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- ROSKILDE, DENMARK
Three years on from his Formula One debut with McLaren at Albert Park, Kevin Magnussen is back with another different team after switching from Renault to join the American Haas outfit this year.
The son of former F1® driver and Le Mans winner Jan Magnussen, Kevin was a member of the McLaren team’s young driver programme who graduated to claim a race seat in 2014.
He enjoyed a memorable start, securing third place and a podium finish on his debut at Albert Park, but after just one year was demoted to the role of test and reserve driver.
That looked to have given him another chance in the Australian Grand Prix in March 2015 when he replaced injured new recruit Fernando Alonso, but that chance – like the Honda-powered team’s season – ended in disappointment as he failed to start the race following an engine failure.
In October, he was released from his contract by McLaren, a move that allowed him, three months later, to join Renault, as replacement for Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, partnering the son of another former F1® racer Jolyon Palmer.
Renault had completed a take-over of Lotus F1® following the end of the 2015 season. The Danish driver’s high hopes were never realised, however, in a season of frustration when he scored seven of the team’s eight points in a year of struggles as a works outfit. His best finish was seventh in Russia.