Kevin Magnussen sitting out sessions due to contract

Kevin Magnussen of Renault in the paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 28, 2016
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Contractual details explain why Kevin Magnussen will sit out so many Friday practice sessions in the second half of 2017.

Kevin Magnussen will sit out a number of Friday practice sessions in the second half of 2017 due to contractual details.

With Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi set for seven Friday morning sessions with Haas, it is the American team's Danish regular Magnussen who will give up his car on six of those occasions.

"The reason Kevin is missing more than Romain [Grosjean] is merely because of our agreements," Haas chief Gunther Steiner told Ekstra Bladet.

"Romain's contract was done in the summer of 2015, and Kevin's in autumn 2016.

"Kevin understood this from the very beginning and has shown a willingness to put the team first ever since he started with us."

Haas have picked up 14 points so far in 2017.

Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 in the paddock ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2016
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3Red Bull174
4Force India95
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso33
7Haas29
8Renault26
9Sauber5
10McLaren2
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari177
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes176
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4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari98
6Max VerstappenRed Bull57
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Pascal WehrleinSauber5
16Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren2
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0