Kevin Magnussen confirmed at Haas for 2017


Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kevin Magnussen will race alongside Romain Grosjean in the Haas F1 Team in 2017, the American team have confirmed on Friday.

The Dane switches over from the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team and replaces Mexican Esteban Gutierrez alongside Frenchman Grosjean, who stays with the team for a second season.

Haas will be Magnussen’s third team in four years in Formula 1, having debuted with the McLaren F1 Team in 2014 before racing this year with Renault.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team,” said Magnussen. “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.”

Grosjean was set to stay after a great first year with the team that has yielded twenty-nine points, a great outlay for a first year team that sees them sitting eighth in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of Renault, Manor Racing MRT and the Sauber F1 Team.

“A little more than a year ago I made my decision to join Haas F1 Team and it was absolutely the right decision,” said Grosjean. “I’m very proud to be a part of the team’s development and am very happy we can continue to grow
and achieve more success in the years ahead.”