Magnussen has been linked with the new Haas F1 Team, but will be absent from his role as reserve driver in Singapore this weekend due to breaking his hand in a cycling accident.
Jenson Button says McLaren-Honda are “in the fight” for the top ten in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, but admits he thought he would be closer.
The McLaren driver was more evasive when the topic of his contract talks came up, stating vaguely that that “nothing is set in stone in [his] future”.
Magnussen revealed on Twitter that he had been injured while out on a training ride. “Of course last year when we were at this point of the year and I made a decision to stop with Ferrari and join McLaren I did it basically because the project of the McLaren-Honda partnership again will succeed sooner or later”.
“I think this team is the team for the future”.
Stoffel Vandoorne should be under consideration for a F1 race seat in 2016, his current boss insists.
“I said the next couple of weeks at the last race and I was wrong”, Button said when asked about a time frame for an announcement. This year, however, he is languishing in 15th spot with McLaren.
Button has endured a testing season with McLaren as the British team’s renewed relationship with Honda has failed to take off. But the 35-year-old is optimistic that their partnership with Honda will deliver the goods in the long term.
He said: “It’ll be interesting to see how our vehicle responds to the high downforce set-up there and I hope we can have a more positive weekend”. “But on Saturday all is good and I will hopefully have better performance from the engine and we will see where we can get”, Button explained.
“I do rant, in private”.
“I’ve given the engineers an extra driver’s-eye opinion on the data from Fernando and Jenson, analysing it against onboard video footage in order to help them get the best out of our auto “.
The only two races where Button has scored points this year, Monaco and Hungary, were both slow circuits, where outright speed is less important.
“I am very happy with what I have done this year and I think the team are as well”.
“It’s insane driving a Formula One vehicle in the wet, it’s insane in the dry, especially at a circuit like Singapore, so the wet does make it very hard but I think the fans (watching on TV) love it and even the people that are watching it here”, he said.