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.