Magnussen: Hockenheim should suit McLaren

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Kevin Magnussen is sure that McLaren's package will be more suited to Hockenheim, the venue of this weekend's German Grand Prix, than circuits which Formula 1 has recently visited.

Magnussen has scored points in the last four races and finished in seventh place in both Austria and Britain.

Magnussen isn't expecting a drastic overhaul by McLaren, but believes that the MP4-29 will be suited to the characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit.

"I’ve raced at Hockenheim before – back in 2010 when I was in German Formula 3 – and it’s a circuit that I enjoy," he said.

"It has a good mix of corners, it’s a mid-speed track, it’s a place where you can spend a lot of the lap fighting other drivers, so it’s important to have a car that you feel comfortable pushing and which has good traction out of the corners – which is where a lot of overtaking moves tend to start around here.

"It’s a circuit which should hopefully suit us a little bit better than some of the faster, more aero-dependent tracks that we’ve visited recently. I don’t think that will significantly change the competitive order, but it would be good to get some more points under our belts as we push to move up both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship."

McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, who finished fourth at Silverstone, is also anticipating an improvement.

"There are a couple of high-speed corners, but the circuit is largely made up of low-speed turns, so our car shouldn’t be too disadvantaged," he said. "It’s a race that often throws up a surprise or two, so I’m looking forward to the weekend."

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