- Antonio Giovinazzi
- Alexander Albon
- Valtteri Bottas
- Pierre Gasly
- Romain Grosjean
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Hülkenberg
- Jordan King
- Jordan King
- Robert Kubica
- Daniil Kvyat
- Charles Leclerc
- Kevin Magnussen
- Lando Norris
- Sergio Perez
- Kimi Räikkönen
- Daniel Ricciardo
- George Russell
- Carlos Sainz Jr
- Lance Stroll
- Max Verstappen
- Sebastian Vettel
|First race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 16, 2014||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 17, 2019||Race results|
The son of ex-F1 driver and four-time Le Mans GT winner Jan Magnussen, Kevin started his career in karts before moving up to Formula Ford in his native Denmark. At just 15-years-old he was a class above his countrymen, taking 11 victories from 15 races while also taking part in Formula Ford races elsewhere in Europe.
The next step was Formula Renault 2.0 and he embarked on a two pronged attack in both the European Series and the North European Cup. He finished second in the NEC to Red Bull protégé Antonio Felix da Costa and in the process caught the attention of McLaren, which signed him on to its driver development programme.
Formula 3 came next and he won one of two races he entered in the European Series as well as taking three victories in the German series. The following season he switched to British F3 in which he took seven victories and finished second overall to Brazilian Felipe Nasr.
In 2012 he took part in his first season in Formula Renault 3.5, winning one race and finishing seventh in the championship. He also took part in the F1 Young Driver Test at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi where he completed a total of 505km in the race-winning MP4-27, setting the fastest time of the test in the process.
With a year's experience in Formula Renault 3.5 behind him, he switched from Carlin to DAMS and waltzed his way to the title with five victories in 2013. Fellow McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne was his nearest competitor but still 60 points adrift by the end of the season.
There was nothing left to prove in the junior formulae so McLaren was desperate to find a place for him in Formula One. Negotiations with Marussia failed to materialise in a race seat, and with the driver market awash with talent and money, the team showed just how much they believed in Magnussen by ditching Sergio Perez after one year and placing Magnussen in the team as a 21-year-old rookie for 2014.
He was the first rookie to drive for McLaren since Lewis Hamilton, but ahead of the start of pre-season testing had little more than 1,000km of F1 mileage under his belt compared to the 10,000km Hamilton had. Nevertheless, he made a dream start to his F1 career, finishing second on his debut at the Australian Grand Prix. Some impressive drives followed throughout the season, but when Fernando Alonso signed with McLaren for 2015 he was forced to make way for the two-time world champion.
At the end of the year he was ditched by McLaren altogether, learning the news via email on his birthday. Magnussen initially looked to IndyCar in 2016, but before a deal was signed he was offered a drive with Renault. He joined the team on its return to F1 as a constructor, replacing Pastor Maldonado whose PDVSA funding ran dry.
It proved to be a difficult year for Renault as it rebuilt the Enstone-based outfit following several years of underfunding. Magnussen got the better of teammate Jolyon Palmer, but when Renault refused to offer him a long-term deal for 2017 and beyond he took up an offer with Haas.
In just its second season, Haas was a solid midfield team but nothing more in 2017. Magnussen scored 19 points to teammate Romain Grosjean's 28.
Strengths and Weaknesses
His fighting spirit earned many admirers in his debut season but the Dane's talent still needs polishing if he is to become an elite driver.
Scoring a memorable podium on his F1 debut in Australia at the 2014 season opener.
Being informed that his McLaren testing contract would not be renewed in 2016 ... via email ... on his birthday.
"I feel ready, I've won in everything I've driven so why would that stop in Formula One?"
McLaren sporting director Sam Michael speaking about Magnussen after his first F1 test: "Given his performance, he certainly didn't look like a guy who had never turned a wheel in a modern F1 car before the start of this week!"
He was the first driver named Kevin to start a Formula One race. American Kevin Cogan entered two races in 1980 and 1981 but failed to qualify.