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Kevin Magnussen still hopeful of racing alongside his father at Le Mans

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Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen still hopes to partner his father, Jan, and race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but remains focused on his current grand prix duties for the time being.

Following Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 announcement on Wednesday, the F1 paddock has been awash with talk about drivers entering other races besides their current commitments.

Magnussen Sr. made 25 F1 appearances between 1995 and 1998 before going on to enjoy a successful career in sportscars, racing at Le Mans with Corvette every year since 2004 and with the American marque in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Magnussen Jr. pursued a seat with Corvette for Le Mans back in 2015 when he was benched for a year by McLaren, and also tested for Porsche’s LMP1 team ahead of his F1 return last year.

Speaking in Bahrain on Thursday, Magnussen said that while he is not looking to follow Alonso’s lead and divert away from his F1 duties anytime soon, he is keen to team up with his father at Le Mans someday.

“I think for me, I want to be in Formula 1 and focus on that, but my dad is still racing and he’s in a competitive team in his series and also racing at Le Mans,” Magnussen said.

“I think it would be a shame not to try and do a race together, me growing up with him racing all the time, it would be a really special experience to do a race with him.

“I imagine winning a race like Le Mans with him would be fantastic, so it’s weighing up those two things.

“Formula 1 is my main priority and what I want to focus on, but there is the desire to do something like that with my dad as well, so we’ll see what happens.”

Hamilton tops second Abu Dhabi F1 practice with new track record

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Lewis Hamilton swept to the top of the timesheets in second Formula 1 practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday evening, beating Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel by one-tenth of a second.

Hamilton trailed Vettel through the daytime-run opening practice session, but managed to strike back by recording a new track record at the Yas Marina Circuit for Mercedes.

Hamilton recorded a fastest lap time of 1:37.877 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Vettel at the checkered flag, appearing to have an edge across a single lap on the ultra-soft tire.

Red Bull threw its hat into the ring as a possible rival for pole through Daniel Ricciardo, who finished the session third-fastest, three-tenths of a second back from Hamilton at the head of the field.

Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 in fourth place in the sister Ferrari, finishing within half a second of Hamilton, and managed to edge out fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, who was a further two-tenths back in P5.

Max Verstappen failed to get in a quick flying lap during FP2, ending the session one second down in P6 for Red Bull.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon’s tight intra-team fight at Force India continued through FP2 as the pair were separated by just 0.01 seconds, taking seventh and eighth respectively to finish as the leading midfield drivers.

Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 for Renault and McLaren, with Felipe Massa following in 11th for Williams on his final Friday appearance in F1.

Massa was fortunate to avoid an accident with Ricciardo during the final 15 minutes of the session after a mix up at the hairpin when the Brazilian tried to get a wider line for the back straight.

Running in Abu Dhabi continues with final practice at Yas Marina on Saturday morning from 5am ET on the NBC Sports app, followed by qualifying at 8am ET on NBCSN.