Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2013

Rival team reneged on Magnussen deal – Whitmarsh

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2013McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says a rival team principal reneged on a deal for Kevin Magnussen to drive for them next year.

Earlier this month McLaren confirmed Magnussen will replace Sergio Perez in their driver line-up next year.

But Whitmarsh told the official Formula One website he had tried to place Magnussen at a different team for the 2014 season and believed he had succeeded.

“I hoped and tried to find him a cockpit – I even did a deal and shook hands with a team principal up and down this paddock – an absolute deal – but he stepped back,” said Whitmarsh.

“Even after 25 years I find that difficult to deal with – I know I shouldn’t, but I am still hopelessly naive” he added. “I still think that if you look somebody in the eye and shake hands then that?s a done deal. When it turns out like in the Magnussen case, then I am shocked – and I tell myself ‘learn, don’t be naive’.”

After that Whitmarsh “decided let?s go for it with Kevin ourselves”.

He added that Stoffel Vandoorne, another of McLaren’s development driver’s who finished runner-up to Magnussen in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, will race in GP2 next year if a place cannot be found for him in F1.

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