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.
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Glenn Freeman is the editor of Autosport.com. After 10 years of karting, he decided that writing about motorsport would put less strain on his dad's bank balance than competing, and after obtaining his NCTJ qualifications in newspaper journalism, he joined Motorsport News in 2005.
As deputy racing editor, he covered British Formula 3 and selected international events. He also got the chance to take on boyhood hero Nigel Mansell in a kart race and beat the 1992 world champion.
Glenn left MN to become Autosport.com's international editor in September 2006 and joined the magazine's news desk in January 2008, spending six years as news editor. During that time he covered four seasons of DTM and a year of GP2/GP3, before switching to Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012-14. He became the website's editor in 2014.