Magnussen pleased with McLaren updates

By on Friday, November 21, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen says that McLaren is moving in the right direction after a new front wing helped him finish in third position during Friday practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Magnussen, whose future with the team remains uncertain, clocked the 'best of the rest' time behind the dominant Mercedes duo at the Yas Marina Circuit.

"It hasn’t been a bad day, all in all," he said. "I tried out our new front wing during both today’s sessions, and it felt different, which is good. Fortunately, we managed to get a lot of testing of it done, and we learned some interesting things about it, so that’s good too.

"It – our new front wing – follows a very different philosophy from our regular front wing, and I think today’s running has given us a positive direction for the future.

"Looking forwards to the race, the Option [tyre] has shown itself to be extremely soft; it needs to be looked after in order to last a stint. And, in terms of degradation, there’s quite a big difference between the two compounds.

"Although I ended up in P3 today, it’s possible that we may not be quite able to fight for the second row tomorrow. All year we’ve tended to look stronger on Friday than we do on Saturday.

"Some of the other teams seem to be able to find a bit of extra pace overnight – and I guess that may happen again here. Even so, we’ll be giving it our very best shot, so let’s see how it pans out. The car feels okay, and tomorrow is when its speed will really count."

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