Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to prove “many points” next weekend in Australia when he makes his F1 race return.
Magnussen was dropped by McLaren at the end of last season, having been demoted to test and reserve driver for 2015 after losing out in a head-to-head with then team-mate Jenson Button for the remaining seat alongside Fernando Alonso.
However, he now gets a second chance after inking a deal with Renault last month and the Dane is 'hungry' to get back on the grid.
“Hopefully I'll prove many points [on my return],” he said in the countdown to the F1 2016 season opener in Melbourne. “I'm extremely motivated after a whole year away. I've been sitting on the sidelines during the races for so many weekends and I'm hungry to come back and prove my worth. I've raced my whole life and I'm extremely hungry and keen to get in a race car again and even more so with Renault Sport!”
Magnussen also added that he feels well prepared, although he is now playing down somewhat his chances of scoring points.
“I feel ready for Melbourne. We've had some good days of testing, with lots of laps: more than 100 every day and more than 500 in four days. Putting in the mileage was the main thing as I needed to get back up to speed after some time out of a car. I really couldn't have asked for more,” he continued.
“I've been through systems checks and feel comfortable going to Melbourne and doing a race. At the moment I think we are just outside the top ten but if all goes well then who knows. You can never definitely hope for points, but if we leave Australia with points we can be happy.”
Asked specifically about the car, he added: “We have a good platform to start with and are comfortable with what we have. We are not entirely happy with the performance but we are comfortable with where we are and what we have achieved in the short space of time we have had. It's good and we know that it can be better.”
“It's not yet the best power unit or the best car, but we know how to improve and need to get our heads down, work hard and get to the top. We need to keep working, keep together and it will come good,” he concluded.