2015 F1

Magnussen failed to meet ‘clear goals’ says Dennis

Magnussen failed to meet 'clear goals' says Dennis

Magnussen failed to meet ‘clear goals’ says Dennis

Ron Dennis says Kevin Magnussen left McLaren because the Dane failed to meet “clear goals” that had been set by the team.

On his first visit to an F1 paddock for several weeks, the Woking team’s ‘supremo’ hit back at Magnussen’s recent claim that being ousted via email on his birthday came as a surprise.

“It is simply ridiculous that Kevin said he did not know (beforehand) that his contract would not be renewed,” Dennis is quoted by the Danish newspaper BT.

He explained that McLaren made the decision to sever its ties with the 23-year-old because the driver failed to sufficiently shine.

“He (Magnussen) got every opportunity,” Dennis insisted, “(including) a season in formula one with a number of very clear goals he had to meet. And he didn’t meet them.”

When asked what those missed goals were, Dennis answered: “It would not be appropriate to go into details. But Kevin knows in his heart that he did not perform as he should have.”

He denies that it is McLaren that failed to fulfil its promises to Magnussen.

“You try to be constructive and helpful, just as every McLaren driver has had our support — if he wants it,” said Dennis.

“We supported and paid for many drivers’ careers,” he added. “Kevin, also Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg. Drivers come and go in formula one.

“Kevin’s career was in his own hands, but he didn’t deliver what was expected of him.”

Now, McLaren has replaced 2015 reserve Magnussen with the new reigning GP2 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, as Dennis said: “Kevin is a good, talented driver who certainly can succeed in formula one.

“But there are many drivers who also could, without ever getting the chance to do so. So they simply have to find other places to make their careers.”

TV2, a Danish broadcaster, said Magnussen will not race at Le Mans with Porsche next year because the German manufacturer has decided to no longer run a third car.

Magnussen will test Mercedes’ DTM car at Jerez next week.

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7 Comments
  • Greg

    Now we know why Ron was fined £95m for being a twat

  • FLCRACKER

    Ron’s goal was Leggo as a sponsor.

  • Thor

    Theres just one Little but.. Kevin did not say he was surpriced in any way the day the news dawned about McL gave KM the boot! So actually this is all a spin from the danish press and Ron just ate it all up and started slating KM. Nice move Ron, atleast we now know what you are made of Mr “It would not be appropriate to go into details” What kind of a comment is that???

  • J Jones

    Also Mr Piers as far as I’m aware, this is a country where free speech and opinions are actually allowed. bearing this in mind I can criticize freely. They may be wrong, misinformed and misguided in your opinion,but still allowed.

  • J Jones

    The fact that Perez has and is speaks for itself. Also I never actually mentioned that he hadn’t helped other drivers, that was your assumption. The fact that they ‘ARE’ losing sponsors, and have had there worst year in the sport ‘ever’ speaks volumes since his return.

  • Richard Piers

    When you have a CV even remotely close to that of Dennis you may criticise in such a way. For the “ruined” three that you mention there are very many more who have succeeded hugely. Had the three been that wonderful they would have prospered immediately elsewhere. F1 is the pinnacle and a huge business not a nursery for wannabees.

  • J Jones

    Kevin mag, Sergio Perez and Heikki Kov to name a few, all ruined by Ron Dennis!
    Its really great to see Perez doing so well at Force India, proving him wrong. I can see why Lewis Hamilton moved on from Mclaren now. A fallen giant losing sponsors, disgruntled drivers, nice one Ron doing a great job.

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