Haas has confirmed this afternoon that Kevin Magnussen will drive alongside Romain Grosjean next year, replacing Esteban Gutieerrez at the American F1 team.
Magnussen had been offered a one-year deal by his current team Renault, but turned down the offer in order to sign a multi-year contract with Haas. The switch will see him partner Romain Grosjean next year, who remains at the team for a second season after he also joined from Renault last winter.
In a statement to the media this afternoon Haas F1 team boss Gene Haas stated the following about signing Magnussen for next season as follows:-
‘From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list. 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.’
Also in a statement to the media this afternoon Magnussen added the following about signing for Haas in 2017 as follows:-
‘This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team. 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.’
The deal leaves Gutierrez without an obvious drive for 2017, with only seats at Sauber and Manor remaining on next year’s grid.