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MUGELLO CIRCUIT, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10 - Credit: Andy Hone / LAT Images

Haas are looking for an all-new driver lineup next year, as Kevin Magnussen has announced he’ll leave the team at the end of the season.

Earlier this morning Romain Grosjean posted on Facebook that this year will be his last with the American team, and half an hour Magnussen followed suit, confirming the rumours that had surfaced in the last few days.

He took to Twitter to make the announcement, and said he’s looking at his options for competing next season.

He said: “The 2020 Formula 1 season will be my last with Haas F1 team.

“Being part of a brand new team has been a challenge that I have thoroughly enjoyed and it has brought me a huge amount of experience that has helped me grow and develop as a racing driver.

“I am still working on my plans for the future, which I’ll announce in due course.”

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It’s thought that Haas will promote both Mich Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin from F2 for next season, with the former leading the championship and the latter in sixth place, plus bringing a wealth of investment.

Magnussen joined McLaren in his debut season and recorded a second-place – his only career podium – in his first F1 race.

However, it was another difficult season at the Woking outfit at the start of their steep decline and Magnussen was jettisoned at the end of the season instead of Jenson Button, a decision he’s later said was due to board politics.

He then spent a season at Renault before moving to Haas and had an impressive spell there most notably in 2018, where he scored two-thirds of the points that pushed them to fifth in the championship.

He finished a career-best ninth that season, but has struggled this season in another difficult season all-round for Haas. He has got their only points of the year though, a tenth place in Hungary.

Magnussen added: “There are still six races to do this season and I am determined to give my all to finish on a high.

“I have had a great time with the team for four years and I look back at a great journey.”

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