Magnussen cites Hamilton as inspiration for 2014

By on Friday, December 6, 2013
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McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen says he that Lewis Hamilton's debut season with the team in 2007 is 'encouraging', as he prepares for his Formula 1 debut in 2014.

Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Magnussen will replace Sergio Perez at the team next season and believes that the example set by Hamilton demonstrates that he can be successful.

"The fact that Lewis did exactly what I’m doing now is a positive for me," said Magnussen.

"It shows that the team has been there before, and has already prepared a rookie for his grand prix debut. The fact that Lewis was so successful doesn’t raise the pressure for me, it just shows that it can be done, and that you can be successful as a rookie. That’s really encouraging."

Magnussen reckons that joining the sport amidst vast technical changes will aid his progress, as everyone starts from a level playing field.

"It’ll be a new challenge for everyone, not just for me," he said. "Everyone’s going to have to learn about the 2014 cars – not just myself."

"It’s a good year to come into F1. The fact that I won’t have as much experience as some of the other drivers actually counts a little bit less – of course, it’s still going to require a lot of hard work – and I’ll have a lot to learn – but so will everyone else, so that’s a positive for me."

Magnussen added that having Jenson Button as a team-mate will be a benefit to him, with the Brit set to begin his 15th season in the sport.

"I’m sure working with Jenson will be beneficial. He’s a world champion, he’s the most experienced driver in Formula 1 and I’ll be able to learn from him; I’ll be sat next to him in debriefs at every race next year, listening to what he says and watching him work with the team. He’ll be a great guy from whom to learn."

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