Kevin Magnusson is being hailed as the most promising rookie since Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2007 and the Dane’s opening day in Formula 1 was a solid outing with the McLaren driver finishing ninth fastest. Magnusson, who raced in the World Series last year, looked impressive throughout testing.
Speaking after the opening day of his F1 career the Dane admitted that it was a slightly surreal experience to get on track for the first time:
“For me, today was about getting used to everything; taking it step by step, and making sure I was moving forwards and learning all the time,” said Magnusson. “I’ve watched Formula 1 cars on this circuit on TV for many years, so it’s strange to be driving here at last. But it was a good feeling to be out there on the track – I really enjoyed it.
“There’s definitely an element of learning for me here this weekend, so it’s good to have Jenson alongside me. He’s so experienced, and of course he’s very strong around here. I can learn a lot from him. The rest of the weekend is going to be really interesting.”
Magnusson and Button both struggled with balance throughout the day but overall the McLaren looked quite competitive and comfortable for the most part but there is areas to improve on and Magnusson admitted that they will need to spend time tonight to get the most from their package:
“I’m happy that we’ve got a lot of good data to go through. So now I’ve got to sit down and work hard with my engineers and the rest of the team to develop the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow. We think we know where to take the car from here, but as I say there’s still plenty of work for us to do.”