McLaren-Honda have confirmed they have released Kevin Magnussen from his McLaren-Honda commitments in an effort to aid his attempts at securing a drive in Formula One for the 2016 season. Part of the McLaren Young Driver Development Program since 2010, Magnussen has found himself left out in the cold at the struggling Woking operation in light of the outstanding form of McLaren's other talented young driver, Belgium's newly crowned GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne. With the recent announcement that 2009 World Champion Jenson Button will remain at McLaren for at least another season and with Fernando Alonso having a reputed two years left to run on his contract signed prior to the start of this year, many wondered if the writing was already on the wall for the talented son of former McLaren driver, and current United SportsCar Championship competitor Jan Magnussen. McLaren CEO Ron Dennis had the following to say following news of Magnussen's release: "Kevin has always done a very impressive and professional job for McLaren in the five years since he joined our Young Driver Programme in 2010,” he said. "In 2014 he raced very well alongside Jenson, who is a hugely experienced and very quick World Champion. Kevin's Grand Prix debut in Melbourne last year was rewarded with a podium that day that he, and we, can be justifiably proud of. Kevin has continued to work hard for us in 2015, supporting Fernando and Jenson, although he was understandably frustrated not to be racing. He is extremely keen to return to racing next year, and, in keeping with our tradition with our young drivers, we will not stand in the way of his ability to fulfil his ambition and potential. He is a very talented racing driver, and he deserves to have a Formula 1 career, as Jenson has publicly said. Evidently, we have no space for him at McLaren-Honda as a race driver next year, but there is no shame in being edged out by two World Champions, Fernando and Jenson. We wish Kevin well, and will do all we can to help him successfully embark on the next chapter of his racing career." With drives still available at Lotus, Haas and Manor, with Toro Rosso and the second Red Bull seat alongside Daniel Ricciardo yet to be announced, Magnussen still has opportunities to remain in F1 next season. It would be a shame to see such potential wasted after a decent debut season in 2014, but as the long proven saying goes, getting to Formula One is hard, staying there is even harder. Over to you! Do you think McLaren made the right choice in releasing Kevin Magnussen from his contract and do you think the Dane has a chance of a race drive next season? Leave your comments below!