McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says a rival team principal reneged on a deal for Kevin Magnussen to drive for them next year.
“I hoped and tried to find him a cockpit – I even did a deal and shook hands with a team principal up and down this paddock – an absolute deal – but he stepped back,” said Whitmarsh.
“Even after 25 years I find that difficult to deal with – I know I shouldn’t, but I am still hopelessly naive” he added. “I still think that if you look somebody in the eye and shake hands then that’s a done deal. When it turns out like in the Magnussen case, then I am shocked – and I tell myself ‘learn, don’t be naive’.”
After that Whitmarsh “decided let’s go for it with Kevin ourselves”.
He added that Stoffel Vandoorne, another of McLaren’s development driver’s who finished runner-up to Magnussen in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, will race in GP2 next year if a place cannot be found for him in F1.
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