Magnussen hails impact of 'great' Button
4 August 2014 – Kevin Magnussen has praised the impact of team-mate Jenson Button during his rookie F1 season.
The 21-year-old Dane, who secured a McLaren seat after winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, made the dream start to life in the top echelon by finishing on the podium at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
And although he has had to settle for less over the following races, he currently holds 10th position in the championship standings, only 23 points behind Button, contesting his 15th campaign in the top echelon.
With Button's contract set to expire at the end of the season, Magnussen hopes to see him sign a renewal.
"As a rookie, to have someone like Jenson next to me, with all his experience, speed and talent, has been great," Magnussen was quoted by the Press Association.
"I've learned a lot from him, and I expect to continue that because he's a very complete driver. He's very good at everything you have to do as a Formula 1 driver. There have been things to learn from everything he does, which has been great."
Despite learning plenty next to Button, Magnussen says he is far from the former World Champion's pupil.
"We're team-mates, and it's a very normal, healthy team-mate relationship. He's not my mentor, teacher or anything like that, he's my team-mate. He doesn't have any responsibility for me," added Magnussen.
"All he does is push and do the best he can for the team, and I learn from that."