Magnussen feeling uneasy about McLaren future

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Kevin Magnussen has admitted that he feels uneasy not knowing whether or not he has a future with McLaren in Formula 1.

The Danish driver made his debut at the beginning of the season, finishing second in his first race in Australia. However, since then, he has failed to finish any higher than seventh, and has struggled to get to grips with the MP4-29 car.

However, Magnussen is confident that the team can turn its fortunes around in 2014, and spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the team’s efforts on Thursday at Monza.

“Of course we want to speed things up but everyone is doing their best at McLaren,” he said. “We can still do better and we can still push harder. Every day we’ve just got to try and do that and improve things.

“In the end, we will get there. It’s frustrating at the moment, but if we give up, we’re not gonna get there.”

McLaren is currently going through a period of change ahead of Honda’s return as an engine supplier in 2015. Former team principal Martin Whitmarsh has left the team, allowing Ron Dennis to return to the helm as CEO. Eric Boullier has also been drafted in from Lotus for this year’s campaign.

The team is known to be chasing a big name to herald Honda’s return, with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both on its shortlist. This has cast doubt on the futures of both Magnussen and teammate Jenson Button, and the Dane admitted that he felt uncomfortable not knowing what his future would hold.

“It’s just not very nice not to know if you’re there next year or not,” Magnussen said. “But all I can do at the moment is do my best for the team.

“I do trust the team a lot, and I have big faith and belief in the team that they will get back on the top again. I want to be part of that.

“All I can do is just do my best and hopefully that’s good enough that they want to stay with me.”

In Belgium, Boullier confirmed that the team would not be waiting until the end of the season to make a decision about its driver line-up for the 2015 season.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).