Magnussen expecting tougher race in Malaysia

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014


McLaren's Kevin Magnussen says he is expecting a tougher challenge at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Danish rookie finished on the podium in Australia and was elevated to second place following Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the race, giving Magnussen the best result for a Formula 1 debutant in 18 years.

But Magnussen, who has never raced in Malaysia, is expecting Sepang to provide a sterner test than Albert Park.

"I think it’ll be a tougher test than Australia – the ambient temperatures will make it tougher for the drivers; and the track temperatures will be higher too, which will make it harder on the tyres," he said of this weekend's event.

"My aim will be to score more points – consistency is going to be very important for the championship – and to keep learning, especially in such a different environment.

"I’m really looking forward to it – the car feels fantastic to drive, and I hope we’ll have another good weekend."

Magnussen also believes that McLaren, which leads the constructors' championship after second for Magnussen and third for team-mate Jenson Button, needs to consolidate its position after a promising start to 2014.

"We showed in Australia that we can score good points if our car is reliable, and we need to consolidate that over the next few races – and one of the ways to do that is to make sure that we’re bringing new parts to the track as fast as, if not faster, than our chief rivals," Magnussen concluded.

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