Magnussen aiming for trouble free weekend

By on Wednesday, June 4, 2014
McLaren-Mercedes

McLaren-Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen is targeting a trouble-free weekend in Canada after being beset by a number of issues across recent events.

The Danish driver encountered technical problems which left him in the midfield in Spain, while a power unit issue plus a late race collision with Kimi Raikkonen dropped him down to 10th in Monaco, having run inside the top six for much of the race.

"The track looks like a lot of fun; it’s got a good blend of corners, and it’s the kind of place where you want the car nicely hooked up and beneath you because, apart from the back straight, it’s pretty much always changing direction," Magnussen said of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "So it’s a bit like Monaco in that respect, but a lot faster.

"It would be nice to have a straightforward weekend after a couple of disappointing technical problems. Things didn’t quite go my way in Spain or Monaco – through no fault of my own – so I just want to get my head down, work with my engineers and work on delivering a good result, with no mishaps.

"I think it’ll actually be interesting to see what we can achieve without encountering a problem that sets us back."

McLaren team-mate Jenson Button acknowledged that while the MP4-29 is still lacking compared to the front-runners, the Brit is encouraged by his team's rate of development.

"It was a positive for the whole team to put some points back on the board at Monaco after a difficult few races; we’re obviously still far away from where we want to be, but it’s important that we maintain our aim of continuous development throughout the whole season," he said.

"Although we’re still a long way from the leaders, we’ve matched the general rate of development since the start of the season, which is a positive."


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