Kevin Magnussen says he lost the “comfort zone” within his McLaren at the Bahrain Grand Prix and hopes to be more competitive in China this weekend.
Although both McLarens retired from the last race with clutch problems, Magnussen was struggling to break in to the top ten prior to his race coming to an end. A late driver line-up change then saw Magnussen carry out both days of testing in Bahrain after the race and he hopes it will help him improve his feeling with the car in Shanghai.
“I came away from the last race feeling like I didn't get the maximum from either myself or the car, so the couple of days' testing in Bahrain, and my preparations for this race, will hopefully allow me to rediscover my comfort zone with MP4-29,” Magnussen said.
Looking ahead to the race as a whole, Magnussen said he still believes McLaren has the best overall package behind Mercedes and is eager for the team to prove so this weekend.
“I'm looking forward to this race – it's a track I've only seen on the TV, but it looks to have a real variety of corners. The first turn looks like a real challenge, but, most interestingly, I think we've going to see some spectacular speeds, and a lot of overtaking along the back straight, which is one of the longest in Formula 1.
“The first three races have seen different cars and drivers emerge as the closest challengers to the Mercedes drivers. I still think it's a bit early to be able to see a competitive order emerge among all the teams battling for points, but our aim this weekend will be to try and consolidate our position at the forefront of that chasing pack.”