Kevin Magnussen will switch to DAMS for his second season in Formula Renault 3.5.
The McLaren junior driver raced for Carlin in his rookie campaign, taking one win on his way to seventh in the championship. Magnussen spent three of the five days of post-season testing with DAMS, and was fastest each time he drove for the French squad.
"Testing went off really well, and I'm very happy to be joining DAMS in 2013," said the 20-year-old Dane. "Right from the first day I felt at home in the team and I had no doubts that it was the one I wanted to work with in 2013.
"I am very impressed by the way the team works and their methods are clearly the ones you need to use to win. In 2013 I'm going to be fighting for the title and I'll be up against tough opposition. We've got great potential thanks to the team's immense know-how and the experience I've gathered in 2012."
Magnussen will join Formula Renault graduate Norman Nato at the team, and DAMS boss Jean-Paul Driot believes his lead driver can fight for the championship next year.
"Kevin is a very gifted, quick driver as he demonstrated in World Series by Renault this year, so we are delighted to welcome him to the team," said Driot. "Our collaboration has begun in the best possible fashion and we have common objectives; namely victories to put us in a position to fight for the title. I hope, and indeed I'm convinced, that we can achieve them together."