Paffett: Magnussen can push Button hard
13 January 2014 – McLaren test and development driver Gary Paffett reckons Kevin Magnussen has the potential to push experienced team-mate Jenson Button "really hard" during his maiden Formula 1 campaign.
Magnussen, 21, is only the third rookie that McLaren chiefs have placed their faith in, following a dominant Formula Renault 3.5 title win and a string of impressive testing performances for the Woking-based outfit.
"I think there is a lot of excitement around Kevin," Paffett told Sky Sports. "He has shown in testing that he is very quick - he is very fast.
"He has shown that in the last two years in World Series that were both very different – in 2012 he was quick, but had a lot of problems, was a bit erratic and a had some incidents which compromised his season a lot.
"But in 2013 he improved so much as a driver and won the championship – so he has shown that he is quick and that he can change his driving style to get the most out of the car.
"I think we are all at the team very excited to see how he gets on and really hoping he can push Jenson really hard and get the best out of Jenson as well."
Magnussen will race with the number 20 in 2014, with Button opting for number 22.