Button: Signing Magnussen a 'massive risk'

By on Friday, November 15, 2013
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Jenson Button says that McLaren's signing of Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Kevin Magnussen is a 'massive risk'.

McLaren confirmed ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix that Magnussen will make his debut for the team in 2014, alongside Button.

"It's a situation that could light up your career or put an end to it early if it doesn't go well," Button said.

"It's a massive risk for a driver to jump in at the deep end with a team that should be fighting at the front."

"If a driver is willing to take that risk, he has a lot of confidence in himself and his ability. That's good. It could go one way or the other. I hope it goes the positive way because he is someone I want to work with throughout the year and he needs to be in a good frame of mind."

Button said that Magnussen's feedback during his two tests had been positive.

"His outright speed is very good and more important for me is - from the tests he has done in an F1 car - his feedback has been very good, which is going to be very important for the start of the year. It's always good to have a team-mate who is intelligent, which I think he is, and willing to learn."

Button also added that Magnussen has more experience than he did when he made his own debut back in 2000.

"He's got more experience than I had. He's had a lot of experience for his age. But the testing is something that's quite difficult. Getting miles is a little more difficult than it was back then but from what the team have said he picks things up very quickly."

"The test in Abu Dhabi, he was very quick from the word go, and the same in Silverstone. He needs that and it's lucky he has that natural ability. That will definitely help him."

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