Magnussen signs on at Haas for 2017

2016-11-11 21:09
Kevin Magnussen (Getty Images)

Sao Paulo - Kevin Magnussen will partner Romain Grosjean with the Haas team next year, the American outfit confirmed after Friday's practice sessions at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Dane will take over from departing Mexican Esteban Gutierrez who confirmed his departure overnight with an announcement via Facebook.

Haas, the first American-owned team in Formula One for three decades, said in a statement that they had been keen on recruiting Magnussen for some time.

"From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin was always on our short list," said team owner Gene Haas.

"He's accomplished a lot in a short period and we feel he can accomplish a lot with us."

Magnussen turned down an offer to remain with his current Renault team to move to Haas.

"This is a fantastic opportunity and I'm very happy to be a part of the Haas team," said Magnussen.

He added that he was attracted by Haas's way of racing in F1.

"Gene Haas has come into F1 with a strong vision and a different way of doing things. He's making it work and work well."

Magnussen has claimed 62 points in his career from 38 Grands Prix with McLaren and Renault.

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