Magnussen: I can do what Hamilton did
2 January 2014 – Kevin Magnussen is confident he can do well in his debut season in F1 and emulate what Lewis Hamilton managed back in 2007.
Hamilton stunned in his first year at the pinnacle of the sport with McLaren, finishing on the podium nine times in the first nine races and winning four times in total. The Brit also came close to taking the Drivers’ title, ending the year second overall, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen and while Magnussen isn’t tipping himself to do just that, he does believe he can be similarly strong out of the blocks.
“He [Hamilton] had great success at McLaren arriving there as a rookie and it is definitely possible to do,” the Dane told Autosport. “I know he worked incredibly hard, and the good thing is that I am in the same team as he was.
“They [McLaren] have had a rookie before; they know how to treat a rookie and how to work with a rookie.
“That is good, a really good thing.”
Magnussen also added that while the current testing restrictions are an issue, drivers of his generation do have other advantages.
“My generation of drivers have all started very early. The previous generation of drivers started a bit later,” he explained. “So if you take a driver at 19 from my generation, he will be better prepared at 19 than a driver was from the previous generation because we have started earlier.
“I am not saying that I am 100 per cent ready for F1. You will always feel like you can do more, and you need a little bit more time,” he concluded.