Magnussen: McLaren top of the mid-pack
7 June 2014 – Kevin Magnussen says he expects McLaren to be fighting at the top of the midfield pack at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
The Dane's comments come after ending the opening day of practice in eighth position, just ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.
"The car feels good, which is positive, and hopefully I'll be able to look after the tyres during the race," said Magnussen.
"If it continues to get hotter over the weekend, then tyre overheating will become more of an issue, particularly on the Option tyre. It'll be the same for everyone though, so we'll just manage it as best as we can.
"I have a good team behind me and I think we've prepared for this weekend really well. So far, it looks as if we'll be fighting towards the top of the mid-pack; if we can stay there, we should be satisfied with our weekend."
In the sister McLaren, Button is looking for improved long-run performance following mixed car changes.
"The morning's long-runs looked quite respectable, but we made some set-up changes for FP2, which weren't so bad when running low-fuel, but weren't quite so effective when we switched to higher fuel-loads," he said.
"On my long-run, I also hammered the Super Soft tyre while running a high fuel-load – just to see what would happen. It is a compound that definitely requires you to look after the rears more than the fronts.
"Nevertheless, we gathered a lot of useful data, and that will inform the decisions we make – not only about how to balance the car, but also about the inputs that'll be needed from the drivers to manage the tyres in the race."