The 2013 Formula One World Championship is drawing to a close, and you know what that means: the big game of musical chairs is kicking into high gear. We already know that Mark Webber is leaving the series, with Daniel Ricciardo called up to fill his seat at Red Bull and Daniil Kvyat promoted to Toro Rosso in turn. Kimi Raikkonen is switching back to Ferrari from Lotus, and yesterday we learned that Felipe Massa is moving to Williams. Although McLaren has yet to officially announce, news of its latest hire is being widely reported in the motorsport press.

The driver in question is one Kevin Magnussen, a Danish driver who just sealed the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Kevin is the latest in a string of racing scions, following in the footsteps of his father Jan Magnussen who also drove for McLaren (as well as Red Bull predecessor Stewart GP) in addition to NASCAR, Indy and Le Mans. Kevin is part of McLaren's young driver development program and tested for the team at both the Abu Dhabi test session last year and the Silverstone test this year, earning the FIA Superlicense necessary to race in F1.

His promotion to the big leagues is unfortunate news for Sergio Perez, whose seat Magnussen will fill next season. The young Mexican was part of Ferrari's driver development program and showed early promise in GP2 and Formula Three, scoring his first podium finishes in his second season on the grid with Sauber, but has failed to capitalize on the potential of driving the McLaren this season. Just where he lands next remains to be seen, but while McLaren has yet to officially confirm its drivers for next season, it is expected to keep former world champion Jenson Button on board alongside Magnussen.


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      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you sure this story is real? Every other source at this point is calling it a rumor/possibility. The Title is therefore misleading, is it not.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      He looks like Shrek
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      The problem at McLaren is Whitmarsh, he hasn't earn his keep as team Principle since Ron Dennis stepped down.
      StephenT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's still a rumor at this point. You would be hard pressed to solely blame Perez for not performing in a car that has just been dreadful this year.
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @StephenT
        No its not. Perez has said he's living.
          TrippulG3
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Narom
          Perez has indeed confirmed that he's leaving, but what's still rumor at this point is who his replacement is...unlike what the title of this article would lead you to believe.
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @StephenT
        Perez and McLaren have confirmed this morning that he's done at the end of this year, but still no replacement has been named. Magnussen seems like the likely choice, but you never really know until things are "official". The problem isn't so much that this year's car has been awful (which it has). The problem is that Perez has been outscored rather handily by Button (60-35), and has been outqualified 9-8...and Button is generally considered not to be a great qualifier. I think it's a bit unfair to make a direct comparison like that, since Checo's only had one year with the team and Jenson's been there for 4. I think if Magnussen wasn't waiting in the wings, they'd probably hold on to Checo for another season at least, but it seems like McLaren are pretty big on this kid and are eager to see what he can do. I'll be interested to see where Perez winds up now...my guess would be Force India, possibly back to Sauber, or maaaayyyyybe Lotus if their deal with Quantum falls through and they're unable to sign Hulkenberg.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      An incredible year for this family... His Dad pretty much dominated the last year of GT in American Lemans, and now this great privilege. The Magnussen family can obviously race!
      Driver3
      • 1 Year Ago
      LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez issued a statement on Wednesday confirming he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season. "I would like to wish the team the very best in the future," he said ahead of this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix. "I will always be a fan of McLaren. In the meanwhile I will be looking at my future to ensure my position in the best possible package to fight for wins." In a response to the statement that Perez posted on his Twitter feed, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh thanked the driver for being "a fine team member" since he joined from Sauber at the end of last year. "We wish him well for the future, and are sure that he will have many successes ahead of him," he added. McLaren sources say Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen, son of former racer Jan, has been lined up to replace the Mexican.
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