After an impressive debut season for McLaren last year, Magnussen was replaced by Fernando Alonso ahead of Honda's return as power unit supplier this year. A tough season for the team has placed further emphasis on the experience of Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button, with Button waiting to see if it will take up an option on his contract for next season.
If Button is retained, Magnussen will be left without a race seat at McLaren for the second season running and he told F1i during an exclusive interview he has been approached by other teams.
“Yes we can say other [F1] teams have reached out, it’s no secret," Magnussen said. "So I do think I still have a future.
“You can always talk to people. It is quite sensitive … Not many, but some interesting ones. There aren’t many Formula One teams available actually - some interesting ones.
“I wouldn’t say it surprised me [to be approached]. I obviously hope that I can continue my career with McLaren but that might not be possible and if it isn’t possible then I need to continue racing. I’m a racing driver and I need to race, that’s what I do. McLaren will understand and help me continue my career if there isn’t a space at McLaren. So I feel quite positive about my future.”
However, Magnussen insists his preference is to remain with McLaren and he is willing to wait for the team to make a decision on his future.
“You keep doors open and just stay connected. I’m with McLaren, I’m contracted to McLaren. They might wish to continue, they might not, but before they take a decision I can’t really do anything. So I’m patiently waiting for them.”
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