Magnussen: The car feels fantastic to drive and I’m really looking forward to Malaysia

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McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen was one of the stars of the show at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and signalled his arrival on the big stage with second place in his debut Formula 1 race. He is now looking forward to race two of his career.

Speaking ahead of the Malysian Grand Prix weekend, Magnussen said, “There’s been no chance for a break since our encouraging result in Australia. Jenson and I both went back to Europe and spent a couple of days at the MTC to assess our performance in Melbourne and to work on our preparations for Malaysia. Equally, the designers and engineers have been working hard.”

“We showed in Australia that we can score good points if our car is reliable, and we need to consolidate that over the next few races – and one of the ways to do that is to make sure that we’re bringing new parts to the track as fast as, if not faster, than our chief rivals.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 16 March 2014

Magnussen impressed on his debut, driving on a track he had never driven on before in a country he had never visited until the opening weekend of the season. Sepang presents a similar challenge for the young Dane.

“Sepang is a very different type of track from Albert Park. Melbourne was all about slow-speed corners and mechanical balance, whereas Malaysia is a real high-speed circuit, the corners are much faster and there’ll be more of an emphasis on aerodynamic performance.”

“I think it’ll be a tougher test than Australia – the ambient temperatures will make it tougher for the drivers; and the track temperatures will be higher too, which will make it harder on the tyres,” concluded Magnussen. (GP247)

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