Test driver Kevin Magnussen released by McLaren

WOKING, England (AP) — McLaren says it will release test driver Kevin Magnussen at the end of the season.

The British team says Magnussen’s contract won’t be extended because there is “no space for him.”

The Dane joined McLaren in 2010 as part of the team’s young driver program. He was installed as a full-time driver for the 2014 championship and finished second in his debut at the Australian Grand Prix. He was dropped after one season following Fernando Alonso’s arrival from Ferrari.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says “there is no shame in being edged out by two world champions, Fernando (Alonso) and Jenson (Button). We wish Kevin well, and will do all we can to help him successfully embark on the next chapter of his racing career.”

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