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Magnussen: Porsche most advanced race car

Kevin Magnussen has given a glowing report after his initial runs with the Porsche LMP1 919 Hybrid in the two-day test in Barcelona.
Kevin Magnussen has given a glowing report on his first test with the new World Endurance Champions Porsche and its 919 Hybrid, calling it 'the most advanced race car in the world'.

The former Formula 1 driver, who recently split with McLaren after not securing a race seat for 2016, is assessing his options for next season after spending the year on the sidelines.

Magnussen, along with fellow McLaren man Oliver Turvey and GP2 driver Mitch Evans, are mid-way through a two-day test with the Porsche LMP1 squad in Barcelona. The Danish driver says he's delighted to get back in a racing car after a frustrating summer and has been getting to grips with the challenges sportscars create.

“It was really good. It is the first race car I've driven for about six or seven months and it's an amazing car with amazing power,” Magnussen said. “It is easy to feel that this is probably is the most advanced race car in the world at the moment. I can't wait to get back in.

“I have a few things to work on, getting on top of braking, especially. As you can't see the front wheels here you don't really known when you're locking up, so this is something to get used to and also visibility is a bit less compared to a single seater. The first impression is really good and I enjoyed it a lot.”

Evans echoed Magnussen's comments explaining it is a lot to learn having spent the majority of his burgeoning career in Grand Prix machines.

“It was very enjoyable, the initial power out of the corners is great,” Evans said. “The way the car drives is really smooth, they have done a great job. Now we try to improve my driving as obviously the car is completely new to me.

“I'm not used to power steering, not used to this type of tyre, the extra weight is something and I have never raced a four-wheel drive car.”

The Porsche test concludes at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday 11th November.

Tagged as: Mclaren , Evans , Porsche , Turvey , Magnussen , WEC

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November 11, 2015 12:52 PM

True. Success is more than winning, it's just surviving these endurance contests. Wish this formula was the only focus for the cutting edge engineering and that F1 could focus more on ultimate pace for the duration of a race. I watch both for different reasons and feel F1 is on the path to becoming an open wheel version oft LMP1.

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