Magnussen feels he extracted maximum

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014
McLaren-Mercedes

McLaren-Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen believes that he extracted the maximum possible from the McLaren MP4-29 upon Formula 1's return to Austria.

Magnussen raced inside the top 10 through and finished in seventh after losing out to Sergio Perez during the final few laps.

"I really thought we were going to finish sixth today, but Checo [Perez] just had too much pace at the end of the race," he said.

"That wasn’t great, but it’s positive that we’re making improvements. We’ve made progress this weekend, but we still need to keep pushing: we still need to find good, efficient downforce.

"Still, I think we got everything out of our package this weekend. It’s tough racing in the midfield pack, like we did today, but we’re going to get there. It’s maybe difficult to see it from the outside, but, believe me, we’re making improvements all the time."

Jenson Button trailed home in 11th place and believes that a poor start, coupled with traffic, scuppered his chance of points.

"I’d hoped we could make up some places today, but it’s never easy to overtake around here," he said.

"We went for a different strategy – starting on Primes – but it didn’t really work for us.

"At the start, Nico [Hulkenberg] pushed me wide at the exit of Turn One – there was no real need for that as there was enough room for both of us – so I lost a couple of places. From then on, my race was all about sitting in the train, waiting for people ahead of me to pit, and trying to make my strategy work – which in the end I couldn’t. It was a long afternoon’s work for 11th place."


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