Magnussen hoping to prove McLaren progress

By on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen says he hopes to prove that McLaren is making progress by collecting a good result at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Magnussen has shown strongly in recent races but several issues have cost him a handful of points.

A first corner collision with Felipe Massa in Germany left him down in ninth, while his strong pace during practice and qualifying in Hungary was nullified when he crashed in Q3.

Magnussen finished in sixth place in Belgium but was demoted to 12th after stewards deemed he did not leave Fernando Alonso enough space as the duo battled for position.

"I think Monza will be spectacular," he said. "We’re expecting to see top-speeds in the region of about 345km/h  – and that’s without a tow – which ought to be the fastest speeds we’ll have seen so far this season. That will be great for the fans.

"I think we showed at Spa-Francorchamps that our low-downforce package has kept us in the mix, and I’d like to come away from the Italian weekend with some good points for the team.

"I certainly think we’re making progress, and it would be good to pull it all together over the course of a single weekend."

Racing director Eric Boullier added that McLaren's progress with their MP4-29 will aid their understanding with next year's package.

"Our aim for the remainder of the season is both to consolidate our position in the constructors’ championship by bringing both cars home in the points at each and every race, and also to continue to push hard to improve and refine the MP4-29," said Boullier.

"There will be no easing off on the gas in terms of development, as everything we learn this year will roll into next year’s technical package."


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