Kevin Magnussen remains certain his F1 future is with McLaren, despite being passed over for another season with the team, but hinted he may drive elsewhere in the meantime.

The Dane made a welcome return to F1 duties today after being drafted in by McLaren to drive the Honda-powered MP4-30 on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in place of the sidelined Fernando Alonso.

It is Magnussen's first appearance in a car since McLaren opted to re-sign Jenson Button over him for the 2015 F1 season, this despite impressing many in his rookie 2014 F1 season.

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For the time being, Magnussen remains contracted as McLaren's test and reserve driver, but said he is prepared to race elsewhere in 2015 to stay sharp if he is allowed to do so, adding that he asked his father Jan Magnussen to approach Corvette Racing about a Le Mans 24 Hours race seat.

"My main focus is to get back into F1 and a race seat, so I just want to get into the best position and take the best opportunity that I can. My future, I am sure, is with McLaren and I want to prepare for that when it happens and be ready when I can.

"I am not sure if I will race anything next to Formula 1, but McLaren is the first priority. I asked my Dad if he would ask Corvette if there was an available spot there, because that would be really cool to be team-mates with your Dad at Le Mans, but they have already signed the drivers for the cars. This year could have been a good opportunity for that to happen, but I will have to ask him to keep going for 15 years."

Indeed, Magnussen says McLaren's much delayed decision to drop him from a race seat means he was left with a frustrating lack of alternative options heading into the winter.

"I got the call quite late that I wasn't racing in F1, so a lot of things were closed already. The options are very limited but I am also not really sure if racing something else is the right thing to do when you want to get back to F1. The best thing would be to drive race cars and stay sharp, but F1 is tricky these days with no testing and no test team."

Though his name has been mentioned in connection with the available Manor-Marussia F1 drive, Magnussen played down the likelihood of it happening.

"I think it would wrong to say no completely, but it isn't what we are looking at. We haven't talked to them, so it isn't like we are just jumping at it. We think about everything, but it is difficult to know the best things about getting back to F1. There are many things you have to take into account."


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