2 December 2013
Magnussen: I look forward to learning
Kevin Magnussen is taking a humble approach to his first season as an F1 driver, admitting that there is a lot to take on board.
In direct contrast to predecessor Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen intends to make a low-key arrival as a McLaren F1 driver, aware that he has much ground to make up as a rookie.
While Perez had a couple of years in the top flight under his belt by the time he moved to Woking, including a trio of podiums in 2012, he cemented his move by announcing that he intended to be a world title contender. In the end, after a dismal year for the entire team, the Mexican was moving on to make room for WSbR champion Magnussen.
Speaking in a Twitter Q&A with fans, the Dane admitted that he was looking forward to stepping up, but appeared under no illusions as to what being a part of the F1 family entailed.
"[I'm] very excited to be with McLaren - one of the greatest F1 teams - and looking forward to working with and learning from Jenson,” he noted, “He has huge experience, [and] I'll make the most of the opportunity - a great team-mate."
Accepting that Lewis Hamilton's debut campaign gave him something to aim for – “it's proof that it's been done before, which is positive - Lewis is a fantastic driver,” he claimed – Magnussen admitted that he was looking forward to the whole F1 experience.
"[It's] not one thing [I'm looking forward to], it's the whole challenge of being in F1," he said, "I feel pressure, because McLaren is a top team, and they expect big results, [but] being with McLaren is what I'm most excited about.”
The Dane, who claimed the WSbR title in his second season in the series, also said that he was looking forward to tackling both Suzuka and Eau Rouge - "a fantastic corner [which] could return to being a challenge with the 2014 cars” – in his debut season.
Magnussen also revealed that he may be about to end the potential headache facing commentators and fans by redesigning his helmet livery. At present, it would be difficult to determine between the two McLaren drivers in 2014, but the Dane hinted that something new may be on the horizon to commemorate his graduation to the top flight.
"I usually design it to match the car's colours, so watch this space!" he teased.
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