Rookie Kevin Magnussen got his Formula 1 career off to an ideal start by topping the timing sheets at the end of his first day of testing in the cockpit of the brand new McLaren MP4-29 at Jerez, on day three of Formula 1 testing at the former grand prix venue in southern Spain, but admits to having been nervouss before the big day.
Speaking to media at the end of the day Magnussen admitted, “I had butterflies in my stomach, I struggled to sleep, I’m excited, I’m a rookie. I’m sure everyone was. It’s new cars, new season. It’s a massive opportunity for me. This day was big for me as a first test [since becoming] a race driver.”
The young Dane played down the fact that he ended the day faster than anyone, “As we all know it’s winter testing and no one really knows what other cars or teams were doing…not looking into that too much.”
“It felt good,” he continued, “Pretty pleased with the reliability so far and pleased to get so many laps done in half a day. Pretty positive.”
Magnussen was a surprise choice by McLaren, who axed Sergio Perez to make room for him alongside Jenson Button for this season, impressed pundits with his confidence on track and his no nonsense attitude off it.
“I didn’t really set any expectations. I was hoping to get a lot of laps and I hoping to learn from today. So we had a positive day in that respect. We got some good laps and I learnt a lot, so I’m happy,” he explained.
As for the fastest lap of the day he said, “It wasn’t a ‘balls to the wall’ lap but we were pushing. We are trying to get good data and I’m trying to learn about the car. Everyone is pushing but you have so many different things that can play a part in what lap times you are doing.
“I am sure we will improve. We know where we want to improve and I’m sure we will learn more. We can improve this week and the important bit is to get a good understand of how to improve coming away from here,” concluded Magnussen who will be in action on the final day of the Jerez test. (GP247)
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