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Magnussen wants to remain at Renault for ‘many years’

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Kevin Magnussen says he wants to remain with Renault for “many years” but is keeping his options open regarding a drive in Formula 1 for 2017.

Renault has struggled in the first half of the 2016 season, scoring just six points courtesy of Magnussen’s seventh-place finish in Russia.

Both Magnussen and teammate Jolyon Palmer’s positions are thought to be under scrutiny, particularly with a number of drivers out of contract and available for 2017.

Magnussen is keen to remain with Renault, and although he is keeping his options open, he doubts he will need them.

“I think that you know people around the paddock, I’m not only talking with the Renault people, I know a lot of people so you always talk so you know what’s going on, keep your doors open and at the moment I’m not going to need it,” Magnussen said.

The Dane then took to Twitter to express his desire to remain at Renault for “many years”, clarifying his comments.

“I did say I am keeping doors open, but I said I DON’T think I’m going to need them,” he wrote.

“I feel really happy in Renault and I hope I will be with this team for many years.”

Magnussen joined Renault upon its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016 after ex-Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado’s backing fell through during the off-season.

The 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 champion spent a year racing with McLaren in 2014 before being dropped to make way for Fernando Alonso.

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.

The idea of Hamilton attending the 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 only would be fitting if 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 — spent 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).