Magnussen: McLaren or anywhere else

Date published: August 30 2015 - Editor

Kevin Magnussen is adamant he will race next season whether that be with McLaren or "anywhere else."

The Danish driver has spent this season on the sidelines, dropped from a race-seat to a test driver role after McLaren opted to sign Fernando Alonso.

Magnussen is determined to return to the track in 2016, revealing that if he can't do so with McLaren he is open to other offers.

"It's obviously been very frustrating this year not to be racing, and I'm doing everything I can to make sure I race next year," he told Motorsport.com.

"Whether that will be at McLaren or anywhere else, I've got to race next year."

He added: "It's very difficult for a racing driver to make himself visible when he's not racing anything.

"It's definitely difficult, and I'm just trying to stay visible in other ways, and making sure that I keep the same lifestyle as a full-time F1 driver, in terms of training, staying close to the engineers and the team, doing PR and communicating with people in F1.

"There's not much else you can do, really."

The 22-year-old has all but ruled out the possibility of another season as a reserve driver, saying if he can't secure a F1 drive he will look to other series.

"You can never say never, but if I don't get an F1 drive next year I'm looking to have a high level race drive somewhere else, and I'm sure I'd enjoy that too.

"But F1 is my first priority, and that's where I'm fully focussed now."