Magnussen: Getting used to the circuit not easy
14 March 2014 – McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen says he is still trying to get used to the Albert Park circuit after his first day of running at the Australian Grand Prix.
Rookie Magnussen had never driven around Albert Park before and received his first taste of the track during practice, in which he set the ninth quickest time.
"I'm getting used to the circuit - this is not an easy one for me or anyone," he told Sky Sports F1. "It takes time to get used to. Some tracks like Abu Dhabi or Bahrain don’t take time to get used to as they’re open but here the walls are close and it’s bumpy, so it takes a bit of time."
Magnussen says he has learned a lot across the two practice sessions and is drawing on the experience of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, a three time victor of the Australian Grand Prix.
"I learned a lot and over the night we’ll learn even more," he stated. "I knew this was going to be a big challenge and the good thing is Jenson has been here 14 times before. We have good data and hopefully we can make improvements for tomorrow. We can improve the set-up and I need to understand what I need from the car."
The Dane added that he is with the best team to cope with the fast-changing world of Formula 1 as a rookie.
"A lot of things are still changing so you need to keep on top of it and help develop it in the right direction," Magnussen explained. "It's difficult these days with no testing [as] the formula is so complex. Its not easy as a rookie but I'm with the best team I can think of to start my season in Formula 1."