Kevin Magnussen has given his first response to the confirmation he has been released from his McLaren contract in order to pursue alternative options for 2016.

A former McLaren development driver, Magnussen was promoted to a F1 race drive in 2014 after clinching the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 title, but lost his seat to Fernando Alonso for 2015 when the team made a swoop for the unexpectedly available two-time world champion.

Having adopted a reserve and test driver role for 2015, Magnussen had harboured hopes of returning to a race drive for 2016, but the decision to retain Jenson Button - as well as the looming presence of highly-rated McLaren-backed Stoffel Vandoorne - has all but dashed his future prospects with the team.

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Released from his contract to pursue alternatives, Magnussen took to Twitter to express his disappointment with his fleeting F1 career in McLaren colours, adding that he is now seeking alternatives, namely the available drives at Lotus-Renault and Manor.

Magnussen also revealed to the BBC that he was informed of his contract release on his birthday, five days after Button was officially confirmed as staying with McLaren for 2016.

"It was a short paragraph explaining there would be nothing for me in the future. It arrived on my birthday, actually."

Meanwhile, Vandoorne is expected to take up the available test and reserve driver role, with a possible twin effort Japanese-based Super Formula series, where Honda is an engine supplier.