Magnussen thrilled by 'surreal' debut podium
16 March 2014 – Kevin Magnussen says that it is 'hard to believe' that he finished on the podium on his Formula 1 debut in Australia.
Magnussen started the race from fourth place and survived a lurid moment off the line when his MP4-29 snapped sideways and moved up to third place due to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes hitting problems.
The Danish rookie hounded Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo across the final stint of the race but settled for third place.
"It's hard to believe," said Magnussen. "It seems so surreal. The car was so much better than it has been at any point. I just had exactly what I needed the whole race. The preparation we have done this winter has been fantastic."
Magnussen's third place was backed up by Jenson Button in fourth, which gave McLaren the lead in the Constructors' championship. But the Brit warned that the team still has to find pace.
"It's been a long time since we were leading a Constructors' Championship so it's a good feeling – you always want more but this is a good start," he said.
"We're not leading because we were quickest, we're leading as got both cars home. Mercedes and Williams are still quicker, but we've got some updates for Malaysia."