Elated Magussen admits McLaren lacks dry pace
15 March 2014 – Kevin Magnussen expressed his delight after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix but warned that McLaren still lacks outright pace.
Magnussen set the fourth fastest time during a wet qualifying session and said that McLaren's best chance of a podium is if wet conditions feature in Sunday's race.
"Fantastic," he said of his first qualifying session. "This winter has been so good, I'm proud of the team and for doing such a good job in the preparation. It was a good Saturday, I'm happy with that but we need to have a good day tomorrow.
"I will do the best I can, to [finish on the] podium would be amazing but it's not easy. If its dry it’s not what we have the pace for, but if it's wet anything can happen so let's hope for that!"
Team-mate Jenson Button was eliminated during Q2 after slowing for yellow flags caused by Kimi Räikkönen's stricken Ferrari.
"Everything was going really well, the pace was good especially in the wet but in the end I didn’t get enough time," said Button. "[My] lap was [on] a yellow flag so I backed out and couldn't find enough time around the rest of the lap. It's going to be dry tomorrow from what I've seen but we'll see. It's unknown for all of us."