F1 rookie Kevin Magnussen may have shown that he has the ability to compete with his more experienced rivals in the top flight, but gets the rare chance to start a grand prix weekend with the same amount of knowledge as them in Russia this weekend.

The Dane has made a solid start to his F1 career, but admits to feeling that he was playing catch-up at the 15 previous events this season. However, when history is made as the inaugural Russian Grand Prix gets underway at the new Sochi Autodrom on Friday, he will know as much about the 5.853km street circuit as anyone.

"A new track is always an interesting test," Magnussen commented, "As a rookie, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to compare myself to the other drivers on more of an equal footing. It should be an interesting weekend.

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"The layout looks a little bit like Abu Dhabi - it has the curving straights into very precise, tight corners, which will really require a lot from the car because it'll be trying to snap away mid-turn. Like Yas Marina, it looks pretty flat, too.

"It's hard to see a key place for overtaking - there are no particularly big stops or opportunities where you can really place your car up the inside. Turn eleven, which is the right-hander at the end of the back straight, might be a good possibility, while turn 13 could be an option, too."