McLaren Honda’s Kevin Magnussen has stated that he is excited about the future, despite losing his race seat for the 2015 Formula One season.
The Dane raced alongside Jenson Button at the Woking based outfit in 2014, having been promoted from the McLaren Young Driver Programme when he replaced Sergio Perez who joined the Sahara Force India Formula One Team.
Magnussen’s best result of the season was a second place finish which came at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne where he lead home McLaren team mate Jenson Button.
Magnussen has been replaced by Fernando Alonso who returns to the team following his departure from Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season. The Dane finished the 2014 season in eleventh place on 55 points.
Magnussen stated that he was disappointed not to be Honda racing driver. He remains positive and will remain with the team as their test and reserve driver and feels that he has plenty of opportunities remaining in Formula One. Magnussen is looking forward to the opportunities with Honda despite ‘taking a step back’
Despite not racing for McLaren-Honda in 2015, as test and reserve driver Magnussen will still attend the Grand Prix with the team in his new role.
© Ben Johnston 2014