Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Magnussen in the dark over form

Friday 21st February 2014

Share:

Magnussen in the dark over form

Magnussen in the dark over form

Despite blitzing the competition on Thursday, Kevin Magnussen says he isn't getting carried away as he still doesn't know McLaren's true form.

The 21-year-old proved to be the man to beat at the Sakhir circuit on Day Two of testing as he crossed the line with a 1:34.910 to take the P1 slot.

And although his time put the Dane a staggering 1.535s up on second placed Nico Hulkenberg, Magnussen insists that doesn't mean much at this stage of testing.

"I'm not getting carried away at all," said the rookie.

"I didn't have any expectations about lap times. I would love to know where we are - I'm very curious to know!

"It's so difficult to tell. But I don't know and I don't think anyone knows, we will only see when we get to Australia.

"From now to Australia we will hopefully improve the car but I think we are in a good place."

Having had his two days in the MP4-29, Magnussen will now the hand car over to Jenson Button before returning to the action in the final pre-season test.

"I feel pretty good with the team and very good with the car, although you always want more time in the car," he said.

"The simulator is a good tool, especially for a young driver like me to learn the tracks, the steering wheel and all the controls.

"We don't know where we are but I'd be confident going into a race that I would know what to do but from a performance point of view I don't know if it would be better for us to race tomorrow or in two months.

"I feel like I've had enough running to feel at one with the car. I'm just enjoying this, it's amazing, it feels like I'm dreaming. I need to get used to that and get fully focused on the job!"

Testing: Seb In A Bit Of Red, Max Crashes

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...