Kevin Magnussen says he won't let his own expectations grow despite his strong F1 debut in Australia.

Having been signed to replace Sergio Perez at McLaren over the winter, rookie Magnussen delivered emphatically with third place in Melbourne and was later promoted to second as a result of Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion. However, when asked by Crash.net in Malaysia if his expectations had changed following his debut, Magnussen said it would be foolish to let himself do so.

"No, I'm not getting carried away with the result we had in Australia," Magnussen said. "I think we, as a team, got the most out of what we had and we can feel really proud of that. But we are not in the situation where we want to be yet. So we have to keep pushing.

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"The good thing is I feel everyone in the team is on the same track. We are all working flat-out to get where we want to be."

Despite benefiting from Ricciardo's exclusion, Magnussen said he didn't see it that he had finished second in Australia.

"I feel like we finished third - I finished third - that's how I feel. When I talk to people now, I say that I finished third and I can remember that I finished third so I don't take any joy in the fact that Daniel has been disqualified. I'll take the points, for sure, but I feel sorry for Daniel because he did a good job on his first race with a new team at home."

With Malaysia offering a new challenge, Magnussen emphasised that his main goal would again be to learn as much as possible this weekend.

"Temperatures are obviously much higher and that's going to affect the tyres a lot. It's a different track and therefore a different challenge. That's normal when you go to a new track. This is a new track for me - I've never driven this before - so I have to get used to it and learn as much as I can from Jenson [Button]."