Magnussen: I had butterflies in my stomach, struggled to sleep, I’m excited, I’m a rookie 31 January, 2014 Kevin Magnussen with media at Jerez after topping the times on day three 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.” Kevin Magnussen drives the McLaren MP4-29 for the first time 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) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsButton: We’ll be quicker than GP2, but not that much quickerVandoorne: A fantastic day for meMagnussen says he is ready as can be for his grand prix debutHamilton: Are we pushing? I just get in the car and drive and try to break itRed Bull mocks reports claiming that Vettel had ‘a massive hissy fit in Jerez’Magnussen: A dream every time I get in the car, so cool to be here and to be drivingVettel: I believe that both Renault and we have solved the problems experienced at JerezAlonso: Real excitement is not in the simulator, its out on track in a real car in front of fansHamilton: I’m feeling very positive after these Jerez testsFerrari interested in innovative McLaren suspension Kimi4WDC Kevin, Kimi and Daniil GOGOGO! kimifan “little” Kimi has arrived – McLaren is the best “school” for a rookie – go, Kevin, go… Badman Jose Maybe Dennis has found himself another Hamilton! Jose Hugo Whereas Kimi was found sleeping 30 minutes before the start of the Australian GP when he debuted years ago. And where he set the 6th time or something. Unreal.