Magnussen on 'front foot' in Bahrain
2 April 2014 – Kevin Magnussen has said he will go into the Bahrain Grand Prix this week on the 'front foot' as unlike in Australia and Malaysia he has experience of the Sakhir circuit from pre-season testing.
Magnussen stunned by finishing on the podium on his Formula 1 debut in Melbourne, and while the race at Sepang on Sunday wasn’t so good, and he lost time after making contact with Kimi Räikkönen early on, he still scored and took two more points for ninth.
“It’ll be a good experience to go racing at a circuit on which I’ve already driven a Formula 1 car – a first for me in fact because I already have four days’ running under my belt from the recent winter tests,” said the McLaren man ahead of the third round in the 2014 F1 World Championship. “[Furthermore] while that doesn’t really make a massive difference, because you can learn a circuit relatively quickly, assisted by simulator experience, it does mean you can go straight into Friday’s practice sessions on the front foot. You don’t need to familiarise yourself with the track first.”
“I really enjoyed the tests and filming days we did in Bahrain earlier this year actually – the track has a good mix of corners, and the high-speed stuff around the back of the circuit is really enjoyable when the car is working well,” he continued.
So what can we expect from McLaren?
“Although the Sakhir track has several high-speed corners, it’s not as fast as Sepang so I’m hopeful that we’ll be slightly more competitive this weekend than we were there,” Magnussen added.
“I still think the track temperatures and our lack of downforce will make it hard to get the car into the sweet spot we found for it in Melbourne, but I’m hopeful we’ll be able to achieve a decent balance for the race.”