Haas confirmed the appointment of Kevin Magnussen to their driver line-up for 2017 this afternoon, joining current driver Romain Grosjean.
As expected after the recent announcements, both at Renault where Jolyon Palmer will join Nico Hulkenberg, at the departure of Esteban Gutierrez at Haas, Kevin Magnussen will join the American team for its second season. He had originally held talks with the team last year, before Grosjean got the nod alongside Gutierrez.
“From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list,” said Gene Haas, founder and chairman, Haas F1 Team. “He’s accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us. Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.
“I want to thank Esteban Gutiérrez for all of his efforts. He’s been an instrumental part of our first year in Formula One and we’re looking forward to finishing the season strong with him and Romain.”
Magnussen, who grew impatient with the management at Renault, found an escape in Haas. He had been expected to stay at Enstone alongside Hulkenberg, but the French team were slow in making their minds up for next season, letting the option on the Danish driver lapse.
“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team,” Magnussen said.
“Obviously, I’m confident in my abilities as a Formula One driver, but I’m also very confident of what Haas F1 Team can do in its second season and every season thereafter.
“Gene Haas has come into Formula One with a strong vision and a different way of doing things. He’s making it work and work well. I’ve had a good vantage point all season long, and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of next year’s Haas VF-17.”