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.”