Magnussen: I still feel like I was third

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he has not taken any joy in Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.

Magnussen finished his debut race in third place but was promoted to second place following Ricciardo's disqualification for exceeding the fuel flow limit rate in his RB10.

But the Dane, who admits he never expected to finish on the podium, says he is not happy unless he wins.

"It has obviously been quite a crazy few months with everything that's been going on since getting the seat. And then getting on the podium in the first race, I didn't expect that," he said. "For two months, three months or four months ago, I didn't think I'd be on the podium in Australia.

"The podium was never a goal in itself. It's nice to get a podium and a fantastic result for me in my first race in Formula 1, but we're not happy because we want to win. That's when we'll be happy."

"We finished third; that's how I feel. When I talk to people, still now I say that I finished third. I don't take any joy in the fact that Daniel has been disqualified. I'll take points for sure, but I feel sorry for Daniel because he did a good job on his first race with a new team."

Magnussen was also quick to downplay comparisons to Lewis Hamilton, who also claimed a podium on his Formula 1 debut, back in 2007.

"It's different, that's all I can say," he said. "I'm not Lewis and I'm not in Lewis's car. I'm not competing against exactly the same drivers as Lewis was, so I can't say if I did a better or worse job. I just don't think about that; I do my own job. I think I've answered the question maybe a thousand times now."


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