Magnussen confirmed at Renault F1 team

Renault has finally confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will be joining its new works team in Formula 1 this year.

The Dane is to replace Pastor Maldonado, whose contract with the team was terminated following payment issues with his long-time backers PDVSA.

Although Magnussen was agreed at the weekend, as first reported, Renault preferred to wait until an official team launch in Paris on Wednesday to make its line-up official.

Magnussen, who will race alongside Jolyon Palmer, returns to F1 after a season as McLaren reserve driver.

The Dane, who scored an impressive podium finish on his debut with the team in 2014, had initially focused his efforts on a race return with Haas for 2016 but was beaten to that seat by Romain Grosjean.

GP3 champion Esteban Ocon, previously a Mercedes junior, has also been confirmed as the team's third driver.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kevin Magnussen
Teams Renault F1 Team
Article type Breaking news