McLaren promotes Magnussen for 2014

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.