26 August 2014
F1: Magnussen admits 'the best I can do is do my best'
Kevin Magnussen insists that there is no point worrying about his F1 future at McLaren, preferring to focus on his on-track performance instead.
Kevin Magnussen insists that he is not letting himself worry about his F1 future, despite paddock speculation suggesting a change may be coming at McLaren.
Neither the Dane nor veteran team-mate Jenson Button have been officially confirmed for next season and, while the team has options on Dane, with rumours hinting that McLaren would welcome back the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso should they unexpectedly become available, there are already question marks hanging over the current line-up.
Racing director Eric Boullier has admitted that the delay is down to the team 'formulating a long term strategy', designed to pull it out of its current uncompetitive streak, and that a decision may take days or weeks.
Asked over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend whether he felt he had done enough to secure a second season with the Woking giant, Magnussen insisted that he wasn't letting the prevarication affect his focus on racing.
“I don't think about it like that,” he claimed, “Obviously, everyone thinks about their future - and so do I - but, you know, the best thing I can do at the moment is do my best, both for me and the team, and see what happens.
“I didn't sit down and set a goal for myself in terms of what position I wanted to be mid-season or anything like that, but my feeling is that I've learned a lot and am progressing all the time, getting more experienced and getting better as a driver. That's really the most important thing at the moment - to develop as a driver.”
The reigning World Series by Renault champion acknowledged that he could hardly have had a better situation to make his F1 debut, having replaced Sergio Perez as Button's team-mate at McLaren, and it's clear that he harbours ambitions to remain at Woking beyond the end of 2014.
“I think [the best way to learn about F1 is to be in F1], especially being with a top team like McLaren,” he explained, “If you come into F1 with a small team it's good as well but, the bigger the team, the better the people are, the better the experience you learn from.
“You never stop learning. To the day you stop F1, you are still learning. If you ask Jenson if he is still learning, he will say yes, so I couldn't see myself in a better situation to do just that.”
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