Kevin Magnussen was named the 2014 Danish racing driver of the year, although even he admitted it was a surprise award.
Magnussen scored a famous runner-up finish on debut with McLaren at last year’s Australian Grand Prix. But he failed to reach those heights again the rest of the year, ending 11th in the World Championship with 55 points.
Teammate Jenson Button ended eighth but with more than double that amount, at 126 points. Button was kept alongside new recruit Fernando Alonso for the 2015 season with McLaren-Honda, while Magnussen was retained only as reserve driver.
Still, Magnussen beat out other Danes such as retiring sports car great Tom Kristensen and GP2 up-and-comer Marco Sorenson, the latter who will join Aston Martin Racing’s Young Driver AMR GTE-Pro lineup in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.
“I would say that it actually is a surprise,” Magnussen said, via a Danish report. “Those who are nominated are some really good racers. This is not a price I could keep on winning. There is fierce competition for the future. So I want to thank everyone who voted for me , and good luck to all the others who also deserve this one price.”
It may not have saved his seat at McLaren for 2015, but at least it’s a bit of positive press he can carry into the new year.