Kevin Magnussen is pleased that he can focus entirely on his performances on-track given his Formula 1 future is secure with Haas for 2018, offering stability for the second half of the season.

Magnussen joined Haas for 2016 after a one-year stint with Renault, having previously lasted just a single season with McLaren back in 2014.

Team owner Gene Haas confirmed last month that Magnussen and team-mate Romain Grosjean would be retained for 2018, both having signed multi-year contracts.

While Magnussen always knew he would be sticking around at Haas for 2018, the Dane acknowledged it offered some relief as he could focus on his driving through the season without worrying about his future.

“I knew when I signed the contract there were two years, so it’s not news for me but it’s good of Gene to tell everyone,” Magnussen said.

“Now [usually] we will have the questions so hopefully no more of those kind of questions for the rest of the season.

“It’s nice to be in that situation because for the last two seasons I’ve done in Formula 1 it’s been always frustrating to talk about contracts every races in the last part of the season.

“Now, it’s clear what the plan is so we can focus on racing and just push freely and not worry about anything, just go racing as hard as I can.”

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Just a small correction, Magnussen joined has for 2017.