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Finale not a 2015 shootout with Button - Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen says the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not an audition for a 2015 seat between McLaren team-mate Jenson Button and himself.

With McLaren widely believed to have signed Fernando Alonso for next year, and the team stalling over whether to keep Magnussen or Button, both men are sweating on their futures. However, despite the fact neither man has signed a deal, Magnussen says the Abu Dhabi finale is no different to any other race.

"No, I don't feel so," Magnussen said when asked if it was a key guide for next year's line-up. "It's not a shoot-out or a showdown or a fight for the seat. It's the last race of the season and we haven't signed yet so it's not that, but it's the last race and we'll see what happens after that."

McLaren tested its 2015 wing on Friday, which has been overseen by new chief engineer Peter Prodromou - who was poached from Red Bull in a protracted move this year. Magnussen's first impression of the wing and of Friday in general is a good one.

When asked how the new front wing felt, Magnussen said: "Different, which is good! It's very technical and I can't go into details but it's a different philosophy and it's positive for the future. We've had a good day, done some good testing and learnt some good things. It's been a good day for the future I would say."

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