For the first time since Lewis Hamilton's explosive 2007 rookie season in Formula 1, McLaren will have a newcomer racing one of its cars next year. McLaren announced on Thursday that it has signed Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen to replace Sergio Perez for 2014, after just one season at the team for the Mexican.
Perez has endured a patchy first season with the squad in a difficult car, while away from the F1 circus McLaren junior Magnussen has come of age en route to sealing the FR3.5 title last month.
Magnussen recently made the very good point that how you judge a driver's readiness for F1 has changed in recent years due to the lack of testing. Whereas Hamilton was able to complete around 10,000 kilometres of running before his debut, today's newcomers can expect to get roughly a quarter of that before their first race.