Magnussen eyes Barcelona turning point
6 May 2014 – Kevin Magnussen hopes the Spanish Grand Prix will bring "better fortunes" for himself and McLaren.
The Danish rookie has scored just two points since his podium finish at Albert Park, suffering first lap clashes with Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen in Malaysia and Bahrain and finishing a long way outside the top ten in China.
But looking ahead to this weekend's race in Barcelona, Magnussen feels there are reasons to be optimistic.
"As a team, we've had a difficult couple of races, so I think we all head to Spain hopeful of better fortunes," he said. "I think the problems we encountered in China have definitely given us the data and the impetus we need to make some changes, so I'm keen to get back in the car on Friday and see if we've made a step forward."
Magnussen's team-mate, Jenson Button, is also confident that the team is making significant progress.
"It's not simply about bringing new parts to the circuit: it's about understanding and unlocking the car's secrets, and using that understanding to take bigger steps with performance," Button said of the situation.
"We're still at the early stages with our car, and, for us, it's less about the components that we fit to it, and more about the bigger picture – finding a useful direction, gaining trust in our measurements and pushing ahead.
"We all know that this team has the capacity to develop a car through a season, so I hope and trust that we'll start to push forwards again soon."