His father is the former Formula 1 driver January Magnussen.
Magnussen, who had come early on by his father's profession to motorsports in contact, began his career in karting, where he was active until 2007. Among other things, he won the 2006 NEZ the ICA Junior Kart Championship. In 2008 he moved to Formula racing and continued his focus on the Danish Formula Ford, he decided from 15 races with 11 wins at once dominant for themselves. He also appeared to be some races of various Formula series. 2009 Magnussen Moto Park Academy has been contracted and was seventh of the Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Cup. He was more successful in the North European Formula Renault, in which he da Costa, who had dominated the season, won the runner-up title behind his teammate António Félix.
2010 remained Magnussen at Moto Park Academy and went to the German Formula 3 Cup for the team. After he had started with a victory in the season, he finished at the end of the season with two more wins third overall. He also recorded for Moto Park Academy on the third race weekend of the Formula 3 Euro Series as a replacement for Adrian Quaife - Hobbs, who had left the team before, some. Magnussen, already his second race to decide for themselves succeeded. At the end of the season, he finished twelfth overall. In addition, Magnussen 2010 included in the program of Formula 1 racing team McLaren. 15 years previously succeeded his father John Magnussen on the McLaren funding the step up to Formula 1
2011 Magnussen moved to Carlin in the British Formula 3 Championship. With seven victories, he finished the season off in second place behind his team- mate Felipe Nasr. In the title fight Magnussen defeated his rival with 237 to 318 points. In addition, Magnussen took part in five races of the FIA Formula 3 Trophy 2011. He was not entitled to points and a third place was his best result.
2012 Magnussen went into the Formula Renault 3.5 for Carlin at the start. He won a race in Spa -Francorchamps and finished the season in seventh place in the overall standings. In addition, Magnussen led by working in the simulator as well as Formula 1 test driving for McLaren. 2013 Magnussen moved within the Formula Renault 3.5 to DAMS. Magnussen won in Alcaniz, Spa -Francorchamps, Le Castellet and twice in Barcelona. In 13 of the 17 races he stood on the podium. He decided the championship with 274 points for themselves. He sat down opposite Stoffel Vandoorne, like Magnussen was in conveying squad of McLaren and had scored 214 points through. Internal team he won the duel against Norman Nato, the best results were fifth places, clearly for itself.
2014 Magnussen won a Formula 1 cockpit with McLaren. Already in his debut race in Australia, he reached the second place. He benefited from the disqualification Daniel Ricciardo, who had originally come in second place to the finish. Magnussen was with this result for the first Danes on the Formula 1 podium. After the third race he finished in seventh place overall.
Magnussen chose the # 20 as its Formula 1 race number. Magnussen won in 2013 with the number 20, the driver standings of the Formula Renault 3.5.
- 2008: Danish Formula Ford (Master)
- 2008: Formula Ford NEZ (4th place )
- 2008: Benelux Formula Ford ( No. 19 )
- 2008: ADAC Formula Masters ( 12th place)
- 2008: Portuguese Formula Renault Winter Series (No. 10)
- 2009: North European Formula Renault (2nd place)
- 2009: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup ( 7th place)
- 2010: German Formula 3 ( 3rd place)
- 2010: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 12)
- 2011: British Formula 3 (2nd place)
- 2012: Formula Renault 3.5 ( 7th place)
- 2013: Formula Renault 3.5 (Master)
- 2014: Formula 1
Individual results in the Formula Renault 3.5
Statistics in Formula 1
Status: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 6, 2014