Kevin Magnussen has revealed he was approached by Williams to replace George Russell for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
In October of 2020, Haas announced its relationship with drivers Magnussen and Romain Grosjean would end at the close of the year.
Although both drivers now compete in the United States with Magnussen in sportscars and Grosjean in Indycar, the Dane revealed in his new book 'All or Nothing' that he had opportunities to remain in F1.
Quoted by Danish broadcaster TV3, Magnussen claimed he was in talks with Williams to replace George Russell.
"I had ended up in a bit of a stalemate in Formula 1, but I actually had an opportunity to stay because I was in contact with Williams," writes Magnussen.
"However, it would be like rewinding back in time at McLaren and Renault. I had to find a lot of sponsors for Williams or throw a proper check at them."
Magnussen added: "Williams saw me as a possible replacement for George Russell.
"'What kind of team is that?' I think. Dropping Russell and keeping Nicholas Latifi was ridiculous, pure idiocy."
Across 2020, Russell was undefeated in qualifying by rookie team-mate Nicholas Latifi and was beaten just twice by the Canadian in races that both had finished.
"George Russell is a mega-talent who won both GP3 and Formula 2 in his first season in those series, and the Briton should not leave Formula 1," explained Magnussen.
"If Williams wanted anything, it was out with the Canadian. Then they would have George Russell and Kevin Magnussen, a strong line-up in my view."