Kevin Magnussen fractures his hand in cycling accident
McLaren reserve, who is looking for a way back on to the grid in 2016, won't be in Singapore this weekend
By Mike Wise
Last Updated: 22/09/15 9:33am
Kevin Magnussen won’t be making the trip to this weekend’s Singapore GP after falling off his bicycle in a training accident and fracturing his left hand.
"Broke my hand after falling off my bicycle. Better stick to four wheels," the McLaren reserve posted on Twitter on Tuesday. It's expected that Magnussen will need about three weeks to recover.
McLaren will therefore have no official reserve this weekend, although test driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be present. A team spokesman said: "Stoffel is in Singapore to do media work for Belgian TV, which arrangement was made many weeks ago. McLaren will not have an official reserve driver here in Singapore this weekend, although Stoffel will of course base himself at McLaren and will assist us when and where required."
Magnussen is currently looking for a way back into F1 after driving for McLaren alongside Jenson Button last season.
The Dane is hoping for a race seat there once more, and said at the Italian GP that other teams have also expressed an interest.
However, McLaren have dismissed reports that suggest they've allowed Magnussen's contract to lapse. "We at McLaren never provide details of our drivers' contracts, but we can confirm that recent media reports to the effect that we have allowed our current contractual option on Kevin Magnussen to lapse are inaccurate," the spokesman added.
"Eric Boullier has said that we would not stand in Kevin's way if the possibility that he might be offered a race drive with another team were to arise, that is all."