Magnussen sure rookie status not harming McLaren

By on Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen does not believe that his lack of experience in Formula 1 is hurting McLaren's rate of development in 2014.

Magnussen is in his rookie season in the sport, whereas McLaren team-mate Jenson Button has racked up over 250 starts.

"Our feedback is never the same, it's always different, which is good, because you get different inputs and different ideas," Magnussen said of his feedback compared to Button.

"I don't feel like I'm holding the team back in the development of the car. I feel that I'm contributing with good feedback, and I'm saying what I feel, and what I feel is right. I don't hold back and feel shy, I open my mouth and as a young kid coming to Formula 1, you need to be brave enough to tell your opinion and open your mouth.

"So whether it's right or wrong, I'll let them pick that out, and I feel that the best way to learn is to be open and to say what it is I think. They understand that I have very limited experience. They tell me what they think is right and wrong, and then they listen a lot as well, which is what I'm really proud of in the team. I'm proud of the team that they listen so much to me, and that they use my feedback even though I'm so inexperienced, and it gives me confidence too to open my mouth."

Magnussen also feels that he has grown significantly as a driver since his season-opening podium in Australia.

"Thinking back to Australia, it was a great result and a good weekend and a good memory, but if I compare where I am now to Australia, I know so much more now," he said.

"What I've learned since Australia is massive, about the tyres, about the car, about Formula 1 in general.

"I really feel that I as a driver have made progress. We as a team are moving forwards as well. it's just very difficult when we are a long way behind. The progress we're making is small compared to the gap that we have, but as long as we make progress, I think we'll be alright."


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