Kevin Magnussen says Renault can be in the hunt for points for the Australian Grand Prix opener, though admits it will take 'a good race' to crack the top ten.
Returning to the scene of his hugely successful F1 debut with McLaren in 2014, where he finished second at Albert Park, Magnussen has shown impressive pace behind the wheel of the RS16 during pre-season testing, as well as completing 509 laps.
Turning his attentions now to the opening round in Australia, the Dane believes Renault has the pace to challenge for points, despite its late preparations, though he admits it will take a bit of fortune to do so.
“It is never definite,” he said, “but put it like this, if we get out of Melbourne with points, any points, then I think we can be happy about that. It is probably just about outside of the top ten where we are, so if we have a good race, we can get points. That is my prediction.”
Following an indifferent first couple of days for the Renault team in testing, Magnussen says he is impressed with how the car has progressed the last few days.
“It has been a good couple of days, we have done more than 100 laps on every day and in total more than 500 in the four days. I couldn't have asked for more than that. We have been through all of the system checks so everything is now very well known to me and I feel comfortable going into Melbourne and doing a race with this car.”