Kevin Magnussen admits there is a bit of pressure hanging over him with his future still uncertain heading in to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
McLaren has said it will not announce its 2015 driver line-up until December 1 at the earliest
, with Fernando Alonso expected to join leaving the team with a choice between Magnussen and Jenson Button. At the end of his rookie season, Magnussen says he wants to finish the year in style but concedes it is a tough situation not knowing if it is his final race for McLaren or not.
“I still go in to the last race wanting to sign off in a really good way this year and finish the season as high as possible,” Magnussen said. “Surely there's a bit of pressure not knowing what the future brings, but I have full focus on this weekend and will try to enjoy driving a Formula One car as much as I can.”
And Magnussen said there have been no discussions about his future between himself and McLaren since the last race in Brazil, despite Ferrari announcing Alonso's departure and Sebastian Vettel's arrival
“Nothing said about my future. I know as much as you guys, and therefore I will just focus on this weekend. I know that there will not be anything announced this weekend so I have the possibility to just focus 100% on this weekend and to try and get a good result. And also just to try and enjoy it as much as I can.”
Asked if he would consider dropping down to a reserve driver role at McLaren next season – with Gary Paffett leaving the team at the end of the year – Magnussen admitted it was a “difficult” question to answer.
“I haven't thought about that situation so much. I'd have to sit down and think about it after the season. Now is not the time to think about what will happen, we'll consider the options and see what's best for me but at the moment I'm trying not to think about it.
“Obviously it's in the back of my head because I don't have a contract, but I'm not planning anything. I'm focusing on this race and finishing off the season. I'm living life as if I have a contract. I don't, but I'm trying to live life as if I do.”