With two world champions in race seats and three junior champions in the youth development system there one of them was always going to have to go at somepoint. With them choosing to keep Button on for at least another year I did think it might be the end of Magnusens time with Mclaren. It is a shame because I actually think he did a pretty decent job in his first year with the team in a very difficult car.
There is talk of Enstone, Manor and Haas but I don't think he's a front runner for any of those. I think he had expected Button to go at the end of year and for him to come back in. He is quick but when you tie yourself to one team it leaves you with few options when it doesn't work out.
I expect to see him turn up in Indy Car or Formula E over the next year.
Yeah big shame for magnussen, but thats the problem with mclaren when you dont have a junior team you have quality drivers In KMag & vandoorne but nowhere to go especially when Honda wanted & allegedly pay part/all of alonso salary.
But magnussen is 50/50 as on 1 hand its bad luck because button prior relationship with honda means he was always going to have a upper hand between the two but then also cant complain in 2014 button had 126 pts KMag 55 & JB's 4th in Japan just proved why they wouldve been stupid to lose his experience
I wouldnt be surprised if magnussen ended up in a joint Indycar Le Mans campaign next yr
Its not the first time its happened to a driver - It looks like Ron has taken a leaf out of Flavio's book and not being man enough to tell the driver in person.
I remember Johnny Herbert was replaced at Benetton after he found out on CEEFAX they had signed Berger !
Ron is just full of , a year before he was talking about how instrumental he was in getting K Mag in F1 and it appears he has very little control of driver selection and very little class in driver management.
For a man who prides on perfection and professionalism well certainly cowardly done in the book of management
K Mag will feel angry at how things are done but he should think that he can make a name of himself without Ron's interference anymore
Its not like Ron has a great history with his junior drivers if I am honest. Even Hamilton is not complimentary of Ron anymore
That thing about not meeting targets - well how is suppose to if you don't communicate with them what they expect him to do when he is on the sidelines apart from simulator testing
Don't think Indycar is as easy as your making it sound, or WEC as far as that goes. I think he'd do very well but they're both hard fought series and he'd be a rookie in either of them regardless of which he chose.
Magnussen might struggle in the oval events I guess, but the IndyCar field can't be that impressive if a 40 year old Montoya can finish his rookie season tied on points with the series champion. Even at his peak back in the 2000's Montoya was hardly F1's finest; lets not forget how badly he was beaten by Raikkonen, and recent results are raising pretty significant questions as to just how good Raikkonen actually was.
Spinodontosaurus ..... The difference between F1 and Indycar is huge. In F1 much of the success depends on who plays the political game more effectively, a sad fact but true, which was something Montoya hated and couldn't be bothered with. In IRL they're race car drivers who win on the track in equal cars due to it being a heavily regulated series. I know what I'd sooner watch. You'll never see a Formula One race finish with the top ten separated by less than a couple of seconds, sometimes even closer. Thats the beauty of ovals, slipstreaming heaven. Their road racing is top draw too. A series doesn't need to use cutting edge technology to provide great racing.
I'm struggling to think of a way that Montoya's hatred for the politics of F1 contributed to him scoring just 59% of Raikkonen's points over their time together as team mates. That is (significantly) worse than the 73% that Coulthard managed and it isn't as if Raikkonen was deeply invested in the political side of the sport either.
I'm not talking about the quality of the racing, I'm talking about the quality of the drivers.