Kevin Magnussen admits that the period since his announcement as a McLaren race driver has been 'relentless' but insists that he is now ready for serious work to following the launch of the MP4-29.
The young Dane will partner Jenson Button this season in his debut campaign having taken the Formula Renault 3.5 title in impressive fashion last year.
Speaking after the unveiling of the car that he will drive this year, Magnussen admitted that it had been a hectic period to date as he works to integrate himself into the team, and said he was ready to get out on track at Jerez next week to start work behind the wheel.
“It's no secret that I live in Woking and I go to the MTC every day,” he said, “so I've spent every available day working – either with my engineers, with the team management, or with the trainers at MTC; building those relationships, getting to grips with the car, the style of driving, the cockpit and control systems, and improving my fitness.
“It's a constant learning curve, but it's fun and satisfying to be able to do it with a group of people who work so closely with you.
“It's been relentless, but I've enjoyed the discipline and focus of the winter. It will actually be nice to arrive in Jerez, to hopefully look out at a blue sky, and drive the car!”
Magnussen added that the change in regulations for the season ahead would make things easier for him as a rookie and said the team whole team at Woking was focused on being successful after a tough 2013.
“I've worked hard with my engineers to understand just what to expect from this new formula,” he said. “In a way, the regulation changes makes things a little easier: at that first test in Jerez, everybody will be easing themselves into something new, rather than just getting in the car and driving away, so I'll really be no different from any other driver.
“It'll be how we react during the season that will define how successful we are. I know the engineers are working on new things all the time, but I think there's still plenty of scope to move forward.
“I don't think you'll get a definitive read on who's competitive and who's not until at least the Bahrain tests – maybe even later.”