McLaren says it will promote Danish driver Kevin Magnussen for
the 2014 Formula One season, pairing the rookie with former world
champion Jenson Button.
The 21-year-old Magnussen replaces Mexican driver Sergio Perez,
who announced Wednesday that he will leave McLaren after one
season. Perez will drive for McLaren this weekend at the U.S. Grand
Prix and the season’s final race in Brazil.
Magnusson has come up through McLaren’s junior driver program
and won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. He will be just the
third rookie driver in the history of the team and the first since
Lewis Hamilton in 2007.
McLaren has had a disappointing 2013, with no podium finishes
heading into the final two races of the year.