Mag­nussen in the frame for seat at Haas F1

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Kevin Mag­nussen has held talks about switch­ing to the Haas F1 Team for 2017, as spec­u­la­tion over the Dane’s fu­ture at Re­nault con­tin­ues.

Haas team head Gun­ther Steiner con­firmed dur­ing the Mex­i­can GP week­end that he had held dis­cus­sions with Mag­nussen as the team eval­u­ates its driver op­tions for next year. Romain Gros­jean is al­ready con­firmed at the squad, but three names are in the frame should Haas opt to kick out Este­ban Gu­tier­rez.

Mag­nussen is thought to be a lead­ing con­tender, along­side Jolyon Palmer and Este­ban Ocon.

“We’ve spo­ken with Kevin, like we’ve talked to a few other driv­ers,” said Steiner. “There are not 10 [names] on the short­list any­more, we are down to two or three, but we are talk­ing, with Este­ban also still in the mix.

“There are ob­vi­ously a few seats avail­able in the F1 mar­ket, and every­body is try­ing to get their dif­fer­ent agen­das in. You want the best driver, with a lot of money, and you have the pros and cons of get­ting money or not. Pretty soon some­body will make a de­ci­sion and things will fall into place.”

Mag­nussen said he was still firmly fo­cused on re­tain­ing his seat with Re­nault, which has al­ready signed Nico Hulken­berg for next sea­son.

“I want to stay here, that’s my tar­get and what I want to do,” said Mag­nussen. “It’s a fac­tory team that has the abil­ity to fight for cham­pi­onships in the fu­ture, and that’s what I want to be a part of.”

Mag­nussen could swap teams

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