Magnussen hopeful of better fortunes

By on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen is hopeful of an improved showing at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Magnussen finished in second place on his debut in Australia but has since had a more difficult time and failed to score points in Bahrain and China.

The Dane now returns to the venue where he clinched the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship at the end of 2013.

"As a team, we’ve had a difficult couple of races, so I think we all head to Spain hopeful of better fortunes," he said.

"I think the problems we encountered in China have definitely given us the data and the impetus we need to make some changes, so I’m keen to get back in the car on Friday and see if we’ve made a step forward."

Racing director Eric Boullier says McLaren has taken steps to ensure that they won't suffer a repeat of last month's Chinese Grand Prix, in which both Magnussen and Jenson Button finished outside of the top 10.

"The root of our under-performance has been comprehensively analysed; we know the areas where our package falls short, and we’ve taken steps – both short- and long-term – to address those," he said.

"While not all of those will be in evidence in Barcelona this weekend, they mark the start of a fresh push and spirit within the whole organisation."


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