Magnussen: "Nothing to IndyCar rumours"

Kevin Magnussen has scotched suggestions that he is in line for an IndyCar deal with Andretti Autosport, insisting he is still focussed on retaining his Renault Formula 1 seat.

Magnussen: "Nothing to IndyCar rumours"
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads team mate Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team with Matt Bishop, McLaren Press Officer
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
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The Dane used Twitter to stress that he is still waiting for a decision from Renault, who announced Nico Hulkenberg as one of its 2017 drivers last week.

Although there have been suggestions that the Renault team might replace both of its current drivers, Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer, for next season, Magnussen said he intended to remain at the team for the foreseeable future.

"Seeing rumours around about me in IndyCar," he tweeted. "I'm a big fan of IndyCar but those are really just rumours. Nothing to it.

"I feel confident my future is in F1 and there should be no doubt I intent [sic] to stay with Renault Sport F1 for many years if I can."

Magnussen, who raced for McLaren in 2014 and was retained as test and reserve driver for the Woking, UK marque until October 2015, was in talks with Bryan Herta's eponymous IndyCar team last winter.

However, talks foundered as Herta urged Magnussen to pursue his F1 goals and instead chose to put his team under the umbrella of Andretti Autosport.

Andretti-Herta Autosport instead signed another ex-F1 driver, Alexander Rossi, for the 2016 season and have retained him for '17.

Magnussen's Twitter feed continued: "Unfortunately there is nothing yet to announce regarding my future, but hopefully there will be soon. I too am getting impatient!"

In recent weeks, current Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been linked with the second Renault seat, alongside Hulkenberg.

Meanwhile, the Andretti Autosport team, which has retained Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Alex Rossi for 2017, has several established IndyCar drivers under consideration for the #26 car in 2017.

One is AA incumbent Carlos Munoz, who has twice finished runner-up in the Indianapolis 500, while two others are believed to be Takuma Sato and Mikhail Aleshin.

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