​Kevin Magnussen has signed a deal with the Haas F1 Team for 2017, it has been announced.

The young Dane’s appointment was confirmed by a press release on the Haas team’s website just after the second Practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix had finished on Friday afternoon.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team.

“Gene Haas has come into Formula One with a strong vision and a different way of doing things.

“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of next year’s Haas VF-17.”
He will replace outgoing Haas driver Esteban Gutiérrez and will partner up with Romain Grosjean for 2017 and beyond.

Magnussen previously drove for McLaren in the 2014 season, and after two years on the sidelines, he signed for the new Renault Sport team for the 2016 season alongside Jolyon Palmer.

It is thought he left the Renault team after receiving an unconvincing offer from them to stay on at the team for the 2017 season.

He also complained about communication within the Renault team, and will now partner up with Romain Grosjean, who had raced with the Renault team under its fomer Lotus F1 Team guise from 2012 to 2015.

Haas, who is well known on the American racing scene for his successes in NASCAR, said in the press release that Kevin was always on their shortlist of drivers to take the team forward from their impressive debut season in 2016.

He said: “[Kevin]’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.”

Despite Gutiérrez not being kept at the team for 2017, Team Principal Guenther Steiner praised the Mexican’s efforts, saying: “His time with Ferrari was very beneficial as it helped get us acquainted with its methodologies and make the most of our partnership with them.

“He and Romain [have] pushed each other on the track and together they’re responsible for the success we’ve had in our first season.”

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