'Dream come true' for Magnussen

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014
McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen says that making his Formula 1 debut this weekend will be 'a dream come true'.

Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen will participate in his first Grand Prix for McLaren in Australia.

"It is a dream come true and every day is fantastic at the moment – I’m sure it will keep staying like that," he said.

"I’m just really excited to be here. It’s been a long winter, since signing. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend but yeah, feeling good. It’s been a good winter in terms of preparation with the team.

"They’ve done a really good job in terms of preparing me for this. It’s not easy. It’s a big job, a big challenge but I think I’m pretty much as ready as you can be these days. I’ve done a lot of work over the winter but I’m not underestimating the challenge that I’m facing. It’s a big challenge but I’m looking forward to it."

Magnussen was cautious over McLaren's chances but reckons the team can develop rapidly across the year.

"I think the whole testing we pretty much ran the launch car and were behind a little bit on development – but the car feels good.

"If you didn’t know the lap times of the other guys you would think that it’s pretty fast – and that’s a good sign. If we can just put some downforce on the car and keep developing as we did over the winter with the car, I think we can be in a good position.

"The team obviously come off a difficult season and they are massively motivated to come back to where they belong and that’s a good feeling."

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