McLaren tipped to sign Magnussen for 2014

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Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: McLaren are increasingly strongly tipped to be about to sign Kevin Magnussen as a replacement for Sergio Perez next year.


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McLaren chooses Magnussen for 2014 (Autosport)

“The team has decided to promote the Formula Renault 3.5 champion, although a contract has not yet been signed.”

Magnussen to replace Perez at McLaren (BBC)

Martin Whitmarsh: “We haven’t confirmed our driver line-up. We haven’t signed contracts with drivers.”

Perez out at McLaren (Joe Saward)

“The news has yet to be confirmed by McLaren, but it appears that the team chose not to take up its option for the Mexican to continue in 2014.”

Bernie Ecclestone signs $600 million Formula One deal (AutoWeek)

“I travel the world making business on a hand shake. And all of a sudden I’m no longer in any position to do anything, so who would want to accept my signature on a contract? I’ve just signed a contract now for 600 million-odd with people over the weekend. I can’t do that if people think I’m going to be fired in the morning.”

Ecclestone shows powerful grip on F1 (FT registration)

“What has emerged from all of Mr Ecclestone?s testimony is a brusque, unyielding management style spanning many years. He revealed his liking for shredding documents and letters, and his dislike of shareholder democracy. ‘I’ve never been interested in corporate governance and I?m not today either,’ he said.”

Bernie Ecclestone tries to clear F1 float by giving FIA a 1% stake (The Guardian)

Ecclestone: “The FIA gets 1% if F1 floats but the teams don’t have shares.”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, International Circuit, 2013Motor racing-Williams end tie-up with major sponsor PDVSA (Reuters)

Deputy team principal Claire Williams: “There is no (further) connection with PDVSA as obviously Pastor [Maldonado] is now leaving the team.”

Q&A with Felipe Massa on 2014 driver line-up (Williams)

“[Valtteri Bottas has] proved this year to be a very good driver and very quick. Pastor was always very quick, especially in qualifying, so to keep pace with him in the first year is impressive.”

Rookie diary – with Marussia?s Jules Bianchi (F1)

“The Suzuka accident was really strange – and frustrating. I could not do anything as my arm was stuck and I was reduced to passenger. It was doubly frustrating as the pace was really good until then, so it is hard to let things slip out of your hand. And of the tracks new to me this season, Suzuka was my favourite. It is simply amazing. I knew Spa and love it dearly, but Suzuka is really, really different. A race driver?s dream come true!”

Lewis Hamilton: I?m driven to educate the world?s poorest (Metro)

“After the Indian Grand Prix in Delhi, I took time out to visit a Save the Children project in Kolkata and meet some of the kids the charity helps.”

BT plots major raid on Sky (The Telegraph)

“Sky Sports? coverage of England cricket and rugby matches, British and Irish Lions tours, the Ryder Cup golf, men?s tennis and Formula One could all therefore come under threat in the coming years, never mind the broadcaster?s strangle??hold on Premier League football in the next round of bidding.”

Bernie sells his G650 to Thai Businessman for $72 million (BizJetBlogger)

Only of tangential interest but an article I missed when it first appeared two months ago.

F1 contracts: Don’t rock the boat (ESPN)

[Ayrton] Senna was suspended forthwith. There would be no racing for the Brazilian that weekend at Monza. Doubly unfortunate was the fact that this would be the home grand prix for Sergio Tacchini, the Italian sportswear company with whom Ayrton had a personal sponsorship deal.”

Emmo: Can Austin build a US legacy? (McLaren)

Emerson Fittipaldi: “The self-proclaimed Circuit of the Americas is a truly sensational racetrack – very technical, very challenging, full of elevation changes, full of daunting turns. The facilities are excellent, too, and the safety features are state-of-the-art.”


Comment of the day

@Fixy, whose avatar is Felipe Massa’s helmet, on Ferrari’s farewell to their loyal lieutenant:

It?s indeed a bit sad Alonso didn?t turn up, especially as he was the one who Massa sacrificed himself most for. Schumacher, maybe Badoer and Fisichella would have been nice additions too, and perhaps Raikkonen could have popped up to thank his team mate and the driver he is replacing.

But to have Luca di Montezemolo, Sergio Marchionne and Piero Ferrari all there to wave goodbye to Felipe just highlights how important and loved he was at Ferrari. And despite what joy the 2008 title could have brought, how can one be sad when he says: “I am happy with the way my time with the Prancing Horse turned out”? Even only driving for Ferrari is a privilege, and Felipe almost turned it into a dream.

Very nice to see his F2008 hasn?t been repainted, and that he got to drive it to return, at least with memory, to those wonderful moments I remember so vividly in Brazil. I ended in a bad way, but a Formula 1 season is long and brings many joys over its course. 11 wins can?t be forgotten, and his relevance goes beyond those numbers.

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And happy birthday to George Eaton, who is 68 today.

Eaton entered just over a dozen races in the early seventies, qualifying for most of them, but never scored a point. His only full season came in 1970 with BRM, where he scored a career-best tenth on home ground in Canada at the Mont Tremblant circuit.

A one-off return to F1 the following year, also at home but this time at Mosport, saw him classified 15th after tangling with Ronnie Peterson five laps from home. He ended his racing career the following year.

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115 comments on McLaren tipped to sign Magnussen for 2014

  1. smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 12th November 2013, 11:13

    I am just wondering where checo will get the drive for next year.If hulk get the lotus seat then sauber will definitely welcome pastor with open arms as he is a GP winner and got 50 million sponsorship with him which is badly needed by sauber at this moment.This will only leave Force India to give him a drive but they already lined colado for next year.Hope we haven’t seen last of checo in F1

  2. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 12th November 2013, 11:30

    Those who criticised Ferrari for saying Perez was not ready for a top drive last year might need to think again, now that McLaren have essentially come to the same conclusion.

    I do feel bad for Perez though. His pace has had the usually serene Button rattled on occasion this year, and he was far, far better than the highly rated Kobayashi when they were at Sauber, despite the revisionist efforts of some.

  3. Dafffid (@dafffid) said on 12th November 2013, 11:32

    They only signed Perez because of all the hype that he was going to Ferrari, they should have signed Hulkenberg. Surely they still could and sign Magnussen when Button is ready to retire. But no, McLaren like to make things difficult for themselves

  4. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 12th November 2013, 13:41

    BT Sport’s emergence after winning the complete Champions League package from 2015 in the manner they did makes me think they are potential future F1 broadcasters. In 2018, when Sky’s and BBC’s contract ends, there could be four bidders. Remember, ITV lost the F1 rights to concentrate more on the Champions League, so they might be looking for another flag-ship sporting competition – F1, for example.

  5. THE LIMIT said on 12th November 2013, 13:53

    If anybody deserves to lose their job at McLaren it is Martin Whitmarsh. We can criticize Sergio Perez all we like, but at the end of the day it was Whitmarsh who hired him. However you look at it, McLaren Mercedes under Martin Whitmarsh are nothing short of an embarrassement, a joke!
    If this team is not carful, I can see them becoming the next Williams and if that happens I hold Whitmarsh personally responsible. This team is in freefall, its a shambles. They should be fighting for the championship, they should be fighting Red Bull and Ferrari. Its just unexceptable! A lot has been said about the new rules next year, the new engines etc etc. Every team is trying to convince us that they can steal a march on Adrian Newey and build a rocket ship equal to the recent Red Bull machines. I am not convinced, but it is the level that McLaren has sunk that is troubling.
    Ferrari have struggled this year, but with Ferrari you can see glimmers of hope. Kimi Raikkonen returning to the fold next year will be interesting, it means they have two world class drivers at Maranello for 2014 and that can only be a good thing. What have McLaren got? Can one really compare Jenson Button to Raikkonen or Alonso? Afterall, it took Button ONLY six years to win his first grands prix!
    The arrogance of McLaren to side with Button was mind blowing, and the decision to force Hamilton out of the team was as foolish as ditching Alonso five years earlier. They only have themselves to blame!

    • maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) said on 12th November 2013, 15:30

      McLaren has one bad season and immediately it’s a downfall? They went into the wrong direction with the car, and didn’t find out until the start of the season. Is that Whitmarsh’s fault? He’s not designing the car, a whole team of people are into that. Every person who has worked on that car is responsible for the bad performance. If next year is just as disastrous, I’ll go along with you, but not after just one bad season (Ferrari has had plenty of those as well). I expect they’ll bounce back.

      Besides, Whitmarsh isn’t doing that bad. Since he took over in 2009 they finished 2nd in the WCC twice, and 3rd twice. It’s not like the last few years under Ron Dennis were all that awesome, McLaren’s last WCC dates from 1998 (as in 2007 they were excluded).

    • Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 12th November 2013, 20:54

      Only if Brawn ran McLaren! Shame Perez isn’t given a year, and Magnussen spends ’14 in Marussia or FI. As I doubt Hulk will get the Lotus seat, hopefully it’s Hulkenberg-Perez at FI. Not ideal, then again, a year and a half ago I expected Alonso/Raikkonen/-Hamilton/Perez at Ferrari, Alonso/Raikkonen-Button at McLaren, and Hamilton/Perez-Hulkenberg at Mercedes for 2014.

      Ooops. Way off.

  6. Thanks, @keithcollantine, for my fourth COTD! Over an year since my previous one, but I’m very happy this particular comment of mine has been chosen!

  7. J.MacNair said on 12th November 2013, 15:07

    Probably Checo isn´t the best driver in Formula 1, but the questions are, is Button way better than him? is he who deserves another year at McLaren after some seassons doing nothing special? is he a better option for McLaren after showing a spoiled-boy temper in his crying moments during this year when Checo attacks him and overtakes him? is he driving at McLaren just because his Champinship with Brawn?

    In my oppinion JB isn´t a great champion, when he won that title, Brawn GP was better just because the double diffuser making him an advantage at the begginig of that year.

    • Nick (@nick101) said on 13th November 2013, 8:48

      I love how people say that JB is no good and he only won because of the car.

      Yet the following year he joins McLaren as Lewis Hamilton’s team mate (who we are constantly told is the best in F1) and gives him a proper run for his money, becoming the only driver to ever beat Hamilton over a season. He scores only 2 less wins than Hamilton, more podiums, more points finishes and in the end, more overall points.

      Regardless of what anyone thinks, or how many points you think Hamilton was ‘robbed’ of for whatever reason, the fact remains that Button went up against Hamilton and more or less matched him over 3 years.

      All of this and people STILL tell us that Button is no good!!

      Honestly, do you people not see the stupidity in this? You tell us in one breath that Hamilton God’s gift to F1, then turn around and tell us that the guy who matched and beat him is no good.

      My God!

      • svianna (@svianna) said on 13th November 2013, 15:22

        Some could revert like this: how many years has JB raced in F1 and his only wdc was totally attributable to the double diffuser clever design, by Brawn’s team, while LH almost won a wdc in his rookie year and won it in his second season.

  8. Booteh (@booteh) said on 12th November 2013, 15:57

    Checo to Lotus? Or back to Sauber?

  9. Jammas (@crazygtown) said on 12th November 2013, 16:31

    Good riddance! Never really like Perez. Go Magnussen!!!

    • Paul (@paulmaster) said on 13th November 2013, 2:44

      I can only garante you things going to be worst next seasson!! McLaren is blaming Checo and not taking his responsability on the poor car development, let’s be honest, not even Alonso would have won a podium in that dog.

      • Nick (@nick101) said on 13th November 2013, 9:17

        I don’t think they’re blaming Checo at all.

        The car is the car and not Checo or Jenson’s fault.

        What they are looking at is the performance of each driver in the same car. Simple fact is Checo has not measured up.

        I agree that it’s a bit harsh to get rid of him after only 1 year, but they’ve gotta do what they gotta do.

        I really hope Magnussen does well, but as a Button fan hope he doesn’t beat him!

  10. BJ (@beejis60) said on 12th November 2013, 19:09

    If you take a step back at the Saward article though, you will see he says that Vandoorne is going to GP2. That we know to be rather false as McLaren have publicly stated that GP2 is not a good series with good drivers and does not support its drivers to go there. Same for RBR.
    But anyway, why would Vandoorne go to GP2 when his possible future employer does not want him to go?

  11. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 12th November 2013, 20:17

    Looks like Montezomolo was right all along about Perez?

  12. PeterG said on 12th November 2013, 20:54

    I find it interesting how many British fans turned on Perez the second Mclaren signed him & have hurled hate on him ever since.

    Everyone was saying he should replace Massa at Ferrari all last year, Then as soon as Hamilton left McLaren & Perez was announced as his replacement all of the same people who were praising him when it looked like he was off to Ferrari were suddenly saying he wasn’t good enough for a top seat?

    Why the sudden change? If he was good enough to deserve a ride at Ferrari (A top team) why was he suddenly not good enough for Mclaren (A top team)?

  13. Nickpkr251 said on 12th November 2013, 21:39

    If Mclaren drop Perez and make a good car in 2014, will be unfair, but if Checo goes to Lotus and Mclaren make another dog will be funny, cause RG & SP will be awesome in tire preserving lotus, which is a most have in nowdays bubblegum racing !

  14. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th November 2013, 22:36

    Amidst all this speculation over the futures of Perez and Magnussen, I’m actually more curious as to who Bernie is signing contracts with. It’s probably Thailand, and it might be Mexico, but I can’t help but wonder who else might be interested. South Africa? Somewhere in Scandinavia? Or a place in Eastern Europe, like Poland or the Ukraine?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th November 2013, 8:14

      I’ve seen Marocco being mentioned – probably due to the king having been with Bernie in AbuDhabi @prisoner-monkeys

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th November 2013, 11:49

        @bascb – If that’s true, then I hope they could recreate the old Ain-Diab and Mellaha Lake circuits somehow. Neither of them were complex layouts and both of them would be too long for Formula 1 (and Mellaha Lake is now an air force base).

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th November 2013, 15:30

          I certainly think there is potential in it yeah @prisoner-monkeys

          But now that it was mentioned that Tilke has been drafted in to design a track near the new Moscow airpoirt, it might just as well be that this is what Bernie was talking about (with Moscow taking over the Russian GP from Sochi)

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th November 2013, 19:42

            @bascb – I see no reason to believe that Sochi won’t happen. The Olympic Park is almost finished, and while the tarmac for the circuit is yet to be laid, that is not going to be done until after the Olympics.

            Organisers from the DTM series have said they are considering two races in Russia in the near future, with one at the Moscow Ring and the second in Sochi. They pointed out that Moscow and Sochi are 3000 kilometres apart, and so will be drawing on different crowds. The same logic applies to Formula 1, although I can’t see Bernie committing to a second race in Russia before the first has started.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th November 2013, 8:21

            It rather seems that Sochi won’t happen for long because, and after the first race the Russian GP would move to a different track @prisoner-monkeys, because Putin was not amused by how big an amount was stashed away by the people in the region.

  15. I think Perez has at least done enough to merit a drive for next season. Yes, he hasn’t impressed to the level we (and obviously McLaren) all expected. But neither has the McLaren team as a whole. Jensen Buttons results have been a bit more consistent, but only lower points finishes, and yet his drive isn’t under threat. It would be a bit of a shame for Perez to never get the opportunity to show what he can do in a race winning car if in fact McLaren show him the door.

    Why not sign Magnussen as a test and reserve driver for 2014 and start him the following year if Perez shows no improvement?

    • Nickpkr251 said on 13th November 2013, 16:38

      You are assuming mclaren can produce a winning car next yr, they have to change engine three yrs in a row, and presumably if JB team member don’t drag the car to podium will be boot which adds to the stability, throw MW out in the process and Mclaren might not be in contention for quite a while, I guess Hamilton was spot on to jump ship before it start sinking !

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