Kevin Magnussen sensationally scored a podium on his Formula 1 debut in 2014 with second in the Australian Grand Prix – becoming the first rookie to score a podium on their GP debut since Lewis Hamilton in 2007.

He joins Renault Sport Formula One Team hungry for success after a year without race action despite his strong rookie season.

Previously, Kevin won the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 series with five wins and 13 podium finishes to beat rival Stoffel Vandoorne. In 2012 he took a podium in his Formula Renault 3.5 debut and in the previous season he finished second in British F3.

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2014-2015 : Racing with McLaren
Kevin made the near perfect start to his Formula 1 career, taking second in the Australian Grand Prix. He proved to be an able team-mate to 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, regularly scoring points throughout 2014. The arrival of Honda saw Kevin on the bench in favour of the two-time champion, Fernando Alonso.

2012-2013 : Formula Renault 3.5
Kevin impressed by finishing in the top three in his first Formula Renault 3.5 race with Carlin in 2012. His rookie season saw three poles and a win at Spa on his way to seventh in the standings. In 2013, he sealed the title with DAMS and shook off strong competition from the likes of McLaren-Honda Third Driver Stoffel Vandoorne. The Dane finished his season with five wins and thirteen podium finishes and clinched the title in the final round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

2011 : British Formula 3
A season long battle with current Sauber Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr proved to be the highlight of the 2011 British Formula 3 championship. The pair were team-mates at leading single seater team Carlin, but Nasr was able to string together the results to resign Kevin to runner up in the championship ahead of the likes of Valtteri Bottas and Roberto Merhi.

2010 : German Formula 3
Kevin left it late to secure third in the 2010 German Formula 3 championship after a season long battle with Stef Dusseldorp. Magnussen entered the final race two points ahead, before beating his rival in the last encounter to seal third and the Rookie Championship honours ahead of Daniel Abt and Felix Rosenqvist.

2009 : Formula Renault 2.0
Balancing both the Formula Renault 2.0 categories of NEC and Eurocup, Kevin was able to star in both championships after picking up a win, as well as 12 podiums in 14 races, before graduating into the Formula Renault 3.5 series

2008 : Danish Formula Ford, ADAC Formel Masters
Following an impressive career in karting, the Danish driver moved into single seaters and made an immediate impact as he won the Danish Formula Ford championship in his home country. Not content with a solitary championship, he also raced six times in the ADAC Formel Masters.

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