Magnussen enthused by McLaren updates

By on Friday, July 18, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen expressed his satisfaction at the upgrades which McLaren has brought to the German Grand Prix after he set the fifth fastest time during practice at Hockenheim.

Magnussen was trialling a new front wing as part of an update package which is being used at this weekend's event, having originally been planned for next weekend's race in Hungary.

"I can’t really explain the relatively close gap to the cars at the front, but everybody is running different programmes on different fuel-loads," he said.

"The new rear wing that I tested today feels good; it doesn’t upset the car, so, hopefully, we can carry it forward.

"Without FRIC [Front and Rear Interconnected Suspension], our car still feels really good – which is a positive – I don’t know about any of the other drivers, but I think we’re pretty happy with the car at the moment."

Jenson Button was seventh fastest, having not run with the MP4-29's new rear wing.

"We were able to test lots of interesting things today – and, for me, there’s more to come tomorrow," he said.

"Hopefully, I’ll also have the new rear wing fitted to my car. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know what the advantage it gives, especially when you only get a few laps on Saturday morning to try it, but it’ll be interesting to give it a go.

"The car didn’t feel any different without our FRIC system – it wouldn’t really make a massive difference around here anyway."

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