Magnussen: Rule changes will help me
24 January 2014 – Kevin Magnussen reckons his Formula 1 arrival will be helped by the sport's regulation overhaul, with drivers facing an unprecedented technical challenge when pre-season testing begins at Jerez next week.
The Dane, 21, makes his graduation to the top echelon after racing to last year's Formula Renault 3.5 crown and, although he says it is impossible to be fully prepared, he is feeling optimistic about what lies ahead.
"You never reach a point where you feel completely 'ready' – there's always more you can do," Magnussen began. "But I think every team and driver is going to be feeling uncertain going into the pre-season.
"In a way, the regulation changes makes things a little easier: at Jerez, everybody will be easing themselves into something new, rather than just getting in the car and driving away, so I'll be no different from any other driver.
"It'll be how we react during the season that will define how successful we are. I know the engineers are working on new things all the time, but I think there's still plenty of scope to move forward."
Of the potential pecking order for the 2014 campaign, Magnussen added: "I don't think you'll get a definitive read on who's competitive and who's not until at least the Bahrain tests – maybe even later."
Also on Friday:
- McLaren presents its 2014 F1 challenger
- McLaren not making bold 2014 predictions
- Button motivated by new regulations