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Magnussen will not accept second year on F1 sidelines

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Kevin Magnussen has revealed he will not accept a second year sitting on the sidelines in 2016, and is determined to find himself back on the Formula 1 grid next season.

The Danish driver was relegated to the role of reserve driver at McLaren-Honda in 2015, with Fernando Alonso replacing him alongside Jenson Button, but admits should an F1 drive not be forthcoming next year, he will have to find alternative ways to keep racing.

“There will not be one more year without racing – no way in hell,” said Magnussen to Autosport. “I’ll stay for one year like this and then hopefully something will happen [in F1], and if not you’ll have to move on and do something else.

“I’m not saying I definitely won’t be here as reserve driver.

“If I don’t get a [race] drive then I might do something else and if I can be reserve driver as well then that’ll be good.

“But I hope that’s not going to be it – I hope to be back in Formula 1 next year.”

If a Formula 1 drive is not forthcoming however, Magnussen has admitted he could revert to racing in the United States-based Verizon IndyCar Series, having been close to a ride in the series this year before McLaren called upon the Dane to replace Alonso in the season opener in Australia when the Spaniard was prevented from racing due to concussion.

“I’ve always loved IndyCar and I think there’s something about it which is really cool,” revealed Magnussen. “I just like old-school racing.

“We had such a short time to find the budget [this year] and then with what happened to Fernando McLaren needed me, and I didn’t really have the time to find the budget.”

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