Kevin Magnussen in profile
Last Updated: 19/01/17 2:37pm
Kevin Magnussen is on the move again for 2017 - this time to Haas, where he hopes to finally put down some long-term roots.
The Dane quit Renault after just one season after viewing their offer of a one-year extension as a lack of faith in his abilities. He joins Haas for their second campaign in F1, partnering the highly-rated Romain Grosjean, after hitting it off with team chiefs Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner.
It was not so long ago, 2014 in fact, that Magnussen had appeared the future of McLaren after he was promoted from a test to race seat alongside Jenson Button on the back of a triumphant Formula Renault 3.5 campaign.
His F1 career could barely have started any better - in Australia, he became the first driver since Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 to finish as high as second on his debut.
However, amid inconsistencies from driver and car, that's as good as the season would get and it was Magnussen rather than Button who lost out to the incoming Fernando Alonso when McLaren belatedly settled on their 2015 line-up
And from that moment Magnussen's McLaren career never recovered.
Although he filled in for Alonso at the final winter test and the Australia season-opener after the Spaniard was involved in a mysterious testing accident at Barcelona, Magnussen was on the racing sidelines all year before being informed - via email on his 23rd birthday! - his contract was not being renewed.
A switch to sportscars beckoned for 2016 before the Dane was suddenly offered an F1 lifeline by Renault, who had just completed their takeover of the Lotus team and were seeking a driver when Pastor Maldonado's oil funds ran out.
In a transitional season for the Enstone-based team, Magnussen initially held the upper hand over rookie team-mate Jolyon Palmer and scored the first points of Renault's return with seventh from 17th on the grid in Russia.
A solitary point for 10th arrived 11 races later in Singapore and by the end of the season the battle with Palmer had turned round, with the Briton qualifying ahead at four of the final five rounds.
Magnussen now follows an American dream for 2017 in an intriguing head-to-head with Grosjean.