Haas confirm Magnussen for 2017

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Haas have confirmed the signing of Kevin Magnussen from Renault for the 2017 Formula One season, joining Romain Grosjean in the American team's driver line-up.

The move had been expected since Renault announced that Jolyon Palmer would be retained to partner their own new signing, Nico Hulkenberg, and sees Esteban Gutierrez lose his seat following Haas' first season on the grid.

"From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list," said team chairman Gene Haas.

"He's accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us.

"Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.

"I want to thank Esteban Gutierrez for all of his efforts. He's been an instrumental part of our first year in Formula One and we're looking forward to finishing the season strong with him and Romain."

Magnussen, who will enter his third season in F1 with a third different team, added: "This is a fantastic opportunity and I'm very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team.

"Obviously, I'm confident in my abilities as a Formula One driver, but I'm also very confident of what Haas F1 Team can do in its second season and every season thereafter.

"Gene Haas has come into Formula One with a strong vision and a different way of doing things. He's making it work and work well.

"I've had a good vantage point all season long, and I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel of next year's Haas VF-17."