Formula 1 Driver Lineup News: Magnussen, Perez, Räikkönen, and Kovalainen

News I By John Beltz Snyder I November 15, 2013
Shortly after the news that Felipe Massa will be joining the Williams F1 team, we’ve got some more news about driver lineups concerning Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez, and Heikki Kovalainen.
 
McLaren has confirmed its two drivers for the 2014 season, with 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button remaining with the team, and newcomer Kevin Magnussen replacing Sergio Perez in the second car. The decision to drop “Checo” was a bit of a surprise for the Mexican driver, who doesn’t have a seat for 2014, and may not end up finding one.
 
“There are not many options out there right now and there are exactly two races left to find a cockpit,” Perez said. “Probably I will leave Formula 1 and find something else for a year or two.” Perez is still fond of McLaren, and says his experience has made him a better driver with a lot to offer another team.
 
Kimi Räikkönen, who will be joining Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in 2014, will sit out the last two races of this season with Lotus as he recovers from back surgery. He will be replaced by another Finn, Caterham reserve driver Heikki Kovalainen, at the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix. Kovalainen, though, has his sights on finding a drive with another team for 2014.
 
“The only team I have been talking seriously with about next year is Caterham and we are getting closer to the point where we are starting to agree on terms,” Kovalainen said, “Caterham would be the most likely option for me.”

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