Magnussen: McLaren is making real progress
27 May 2014 – Kevin Magnussen believes McLaren is making real progress, although he concedes it might be 'hard to see from the outside'.
Magnussen and team-mate Jenson Button both scored in Monaco last weekend, ending a disappointing three race streak in which neither had managed to get into the top-ten. Button eventually came home in sixth, while Magnussen had to settle for tenth, losing out in the closing stages after issues with his power unit and as result of the late clash with Kimi Räikkönen at the hairpin.
"Unfortunately [it was] a disappointing ending to my race [in Monaco]. But the outlook is good, and with 13 races sill to come that in the end is all that matters," Magnussen told the official Formula 1 site.
"We are really going forward. That might be a bit hard to see from the outside because things keep happening that distract us from showing our potential - but there is real progress that we're making."
Magnussen also added that he would probably have scored eight or ten points but for his late dramas.
"In the end it was one point, but it could have been more - actually it could have been ten points," he reckoned.
"My guess is that we should have been fifth or sixth, very likely fifth as I should have managed [Nico] Hulkenberg as he had massive degradation and I was looking after my tyres, so I should have caught him again towards the end of the race," he continued. "And just when I wanted to attack him I had an engine problem and fell behind - and then Kimi came along..."