Kevin Magnussen famously known as K-mag is a perfect example of “Never give up attitude”. Kevin is a Formula 1 driver driving under Danish license for Haas F1 team. He was born on 5th October 1992 in Roskilde, Denmark. Kevin Magnussen height measures at 5ft 9in. He has driver for McLaren, Renault and Haas in the past along with other motorsport events.
He is the son of former Formula 1 driver and four-time Le Mans champion Jan Magnussen. Kevin Magnussen advanced via the Young Driver Program of the McLaren Formula 1 team, competing for McLaren in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship before spending time with Renault in 2016. From 2017 to the end of the 2020 season, Magnussen was a driver for Haas. Magnussen returned to Haas in 2022 under a multi-year contract. Kevin drove alongside Mick Schumacher in 222 and will be driving alongside Nico Hulkenberg in 2023.
Junor Racing career
Karting was where Magnussen started his career. He transitioned to Formula Ford in Denmark in 2008, winning the title with 11 victories from 15 races. Additionally, he competed in six ADAC Formel Masters events, Formula Ford NEZ and Formula Ford Duratec Benelux.
Formula Renault 2.0
Magnussen joined Motopark Academy and advanced to Formula Renault 2.0 in 2009. In the Northern European Cup, he came in second place to António Félix da Costa, and he placed seventh in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.
German Formula 3 Championship
While racing with Motopark Academy in the German Formula 3 Championship in 2010, Magnussen won the season’s first round at Oschersleben and two additional races. He earned the rookie title by coming in third place overall in the competition. Additionally, he drove for Formula 3 Euro Series.
British Formula 3 Championship
Magnussen joined Carlin in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2011. He finished second in the championship to teammate Felipe Nasr after winning seven races. Additionally, he participated in the Masters of Formula 3 event in Zandvoort and came in third. Magnussen participated in the Macau Grand Prix for the first time in 2011 and never again. He finished seventh in qualifying, however because he disobeyed yellow flags in the qualifying race, he had to start from the bottom of the field. He started the main race in 19th place but was eliminated late in the race due to a high-speed incident.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
In 2012, Magnussen and the Carlin team advanced to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Magnussen’s partner was Will Stevens. Magnussen finished second in the initial race at Motorland Aragón. He then won the second race at Spa-Francorchamps after starting from pole position in both. He finished the year in seventh position overall.
For 2013, he stayed in Formula Renault 3.5 and moved to DAMS with Norman Nato. Magnussen had a much better year in 2013, with five victories, eight additional podium finishes, and eight pole positions. He won the season by 60 points over Stoffel Vandoorne, who ended in second place.
Formula 1 career
McLaren (2014 - 2015)
2014, Magnussen drove for McLaren in Sergio Perez‘s place. and he qualified in fourth place for the opening Australian race. Magnussen kept his position after overtaking Lewis Hamilton’s struggling Mercedes early on to finish third, 2.2 seconds behind Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo. As a result of Ricciardo‘s disqualification owing to fuel violations, he was later moved up to second place in the standings. Throughout 2014, Magnussen had eleven more points-producing results, the most of which were ninth or tenth place finishes. His overall ranking was P11.
2015, Kevin Magnussen was replaced by Fernando Alonso, and Magnussen moved to McLaren as a test and reserve driver. Magnussen attempted to enter the 2015 IndyCar Series with the Honda-powered team Andretti Autosport, but McLaren prevented him from doing so. After doctors ordered Alonso not to race due to a concussion incurred following an accident during preseason testing, Magnussen participated in one event, the Australian Grand Prix. Magnussen was unable to begin the race, though, because of an engine problem that occurred during the formation lap. At the end of the year, McLaren fired Magnussen.
2016, The first part of Magnussen’s season was ruined by a number of mishaps. He had a puncture on the first lap in Australia, which meant he had to start Bahrain from the pit lane. Then, as a result of a tyre failure, he crashed during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix. In Spain, Magnussen collided with teammate Palmer and was given a ten-second time penalty.
Later in the race, Magnussen clashed with Daniil Kvyat. When his car was changed in Azerbaijan in parc fermé circumstances, he had to start from the pit lane after being forced to skip qualifying in Canada due to another crash during practice. This didn’t happen at the Russian Grand Prix, where he improved from qualifying in 17th to finish 7th, giving Renault its best performance of the year.
With only 2 races finishing within points, Magnussen finished the season at P16 in the championship, scoring seven of Renault’s eight points that season.
Haas (2017 - 2020, 2022 - present)
2017, Magnussen joined Romain Grosjean in Haas’ lineup. K-Mag retired from his opening Australian race with Haas. Prior to retiring with electrical issues in Bahrain, he finished eighth and earned points at the following race in China. At the following race in Monaco, he would finish in 10th place to earn a point, marking Haas’s first-ever double-points finish. Magnussen finished seventh at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after running as high as third near the conclusion of the race. After that, Magnussen went seven races without earning any points, followed by eighth-place finishes in Japan and Mexico.
Overall finishing at P14.
2018, For the 2018 campaign, Magnussen remained in his position with Haas. Compared to last year’s Haas, this year’s model was significantly better, allowing Magnussen to compete at the front of the midfield. Magnussen then achieved his highest finish since the Russian Grand Prix of 2014 by placing fifth in Bahrain. Magnussen clashed with Pierre Gasly at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix; Gasly criticized Magnussen’s defensive driving and called him “the most dangerous guy” he had ever raced with.
K-Mag continued to score throughout the entire season, finishing in the midfield. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Magnussen’s attempt to pass the Haas ended in collision, with Sauber driver Charles Leclerc overheard calling Magnussen “dumb.” He finished his season at P9 with 56 points.
2019, In addition to Grosjean, Magnussen drove for Haas in 2019 as well. Magnussen placed sixth in the opening race in Australia, which would out up being his best performance of the year. Despite qualifying in the top ten in two of the following three races, he came in 13th. In Spain, he placed seventh and earned another point-producing position.
The next five races all ended in disappointing finishes. Magnussen demonstrated the VF-19’s outstanding qualifying performance in Austria by qualifying in fifth place, but a gearbox penalty relegated him to the back of the grid at position ten. The following race, Magnussen earned points at the wet German Grand Prix, finishing 10th before moving up to 8th. With only four races finishing within points, Magnussen finished the season at P16 in the championship with 20 points
2020, In 2020, Magnussen continued to be a Haas driver alongside Grosjean. The Haas VF-20 lagged behind in the first two rounds of the championship at the Red Bull Ring, making things difficult for Magnussen and Haas. While Magnussen eventually slipped back throughout the Hungarian Grand Prix, he still managed to cross the line in ninth place. Magnussen started the race in third place. Magnussen received a ten-second penalty following the race. As a result, he dropped to tenth, while Magnussen and Haas each earned their first point of the year. Five retirements and 0 points came after this.
Overall, he earned just 1 point and placed P20.
2022, Magnussen returned to the club on a multi-year contract, teaming up with Mick Schumacher for the 2022 campaign. Magnussen managed to finish fifth in Bahrain during his first race back for Haas, one of only five top-five results in the team’s brief history. Ninth place finish at Saudi and Emilia Romagna GP. The Haas team earned its first double-point result since Germany 2019 thanks to Magnussen’s 10th-place finish at Silverstone and teammate Mick Schumacher’s eighth-place performance.
The duo would carry on this streak by collecting more points in the Austrian round that followed. The first Formula 1 pole positions for Magnussen and Haas came at the 2022 So Paulo Grand Prix. He would ultimately finish the sprint race in 8th position, and would retire from the Grand Prix on the opening lap following a collision with Daniel Ricciardo.
Overall he finished at P13 with 25 points.
Sports Car Racing
2015, On the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Magnussen conducted testing for Porsche in a Porsche 919 Hybrid. Since Magnussen continued to compete in Formula One for Renault in 2016, no contract has been made.
In 2021, Magnussen raced in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship partnering Renger van der Zande of the Netherlands in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing DPi vehicle. He won his maiden race at the Detroit Grand Prix on June 12. Magnussen placed seventh at season’s finish.
Magnussen will be a member of Peugeot Sport’s driver lineup for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season, it was revealed on February 8th, 2021.
In 2022, Magnussen raced with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing DPi vehicle as the third driver. however after returning to Formula One with Haas in 2022, he was liberated from his agreements with Peugeot and Chip Ganassi Racing.
Magnussen will compete with his father Jan at the 2022 Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina Circuit, the penultimate round of the 2022 Intercontinental GT Challenge, it was announced after the Formula 1 season finale. Magnussen finished the race in seventh place overall after qualifying 15th on the starting grid.
2023, Magnussen has revealed that he will race with his father in the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona in a new Porsche 911 GT3 R, which will be handled by MDK Motorsports, the same team that ran his Ferrari in the Gulf 12 Hours.
Kevin was drafted by Arrow McLaren SP in June 2021 to cover in for the injured Felix Rosenqvist at the Grand Prix of Road America. Kevin Magnussen indycar career’s only race where he qualified 21st and retired from the race due to technical troubles.
While racing for McLaren, Magnussen lived in Woking, Surrey, near the McLaren Technology Centre. He and his family currently reside in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Magnussen was forced to suspend his racing career and work as a factory welder due to a shortage of funds between participating in Formula Ford in 2008 and surprisingly gaining support for Formula Renault in 2009.
Magnussen married Louise Gjorup in a private wedding in 2019. They have a daughter, who will be born in 2021.
Kevin Magnussen wife
Kevin Magnussen wife Louise Gjorup tied their knot on 10th October 2019. Keeping her social and private life pretty close, the couple were blessed with a baby girl on 11th January 2021 and they named their daughter Laura.
Kevin Magnussen net worth is valued around $24 Million US Dollars and said to be earning $7 Million US Dollars per annum.