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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Magnussen thrilled by debut podium

Kevin Magnussen says he is thrilled by finishing on the podium in his first Formula 1 race and thanked McLaren for their faith. Magnussen started the race from fourth place but took advantage of a mechanical problems for Lewis Hamilton to move up into third place. "It does feel incredible, crazy to think that we’re here," Magnussen told Sky Sports F1. "Today I've done my first Formula 1 race and I got on the podium and I did it with McLaren – it’s a dream […]

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Magnussen thrilled by qualifying performance

Kevin Magnussen expressed his happiness after achieving the best grid slot for a rookie driver in several years. Magnussen set the fourth quickest time during treacherous conditions during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. "I’m really happy," he said. "Those were difficult conditions, especially as I’ve never driven this track in the wet – it was quite tricky to get the lines and the braking points right. It was much trickier than anything I’ve ever done! "But I don’t think I could have asked for […]

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014

Button: Long runs not as fun as hoped

Jenson Button says that long runs in the McLaren MP4-29 are not as much fun as he'd hoped, after practice for the Australian Grand Prix. Button was fifth quickest in second practice but warned that the race will provide a different challenge. "In all honesty, these cars work better around here than I'd imagined, but Sunday's race will be very different," he said. "The long runs weren't as much fun as I'd hoped they'd be, because you need to save a lot of fuel. And […]

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

McLaren to run one-off livery in Australia

McLaren will run a one-off livery at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The team ran a predominantly silver car in pre-season testing but will feature a special livery to commemorate their 20 year partnership with Mobil 1. McLaren CEO Ron Dennis revealed last week that the team is set for a title sponsor after the first few races. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will race the MP4-29 this season.

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014

McLaren set for title sponsor

McLaren CEO Ron Dennis says that his team will feature a title sponsor in the coming weeks. McLaren has been without a title sponsor since the departure of Vodafone at the end of 2013 and the team had hoped to announce a new one in December last year. Those plans did not come to fruition but Dennis is confident that McLaren will soon have a title sponsor, albeit not in time for next weekend's season-opening race. McLaren endured a difficult season in 2013 as the […]

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014

Gearbox problems strike Mercedes cars

Mercedes and McLaren both had their running truncated by gearbox problems on the second day of testing in Bahrain. Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton spun into the gravel during the morning session but quickly returned to the circuit and amassed 89 laps before Mercedes has to curtail their running. "There are no specific problem areas, just lots of different things we need to improve," said Hamilton. "It's important to get as much mileage under our belts as we can and just as important to discover any problems […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Magnussen determined to justify McLaren's faith

Kevin Magnussen says he is determined to justify the faith shown by McLaren as he approaches his rookie season in the sport. Magnussen has replaced Sergio Perez for this season and topped the timesheets at the first test at Jerez last week. "I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given, and in a way it still hasn’t really sunk in yet," he told The Official F1 website. "When I got into the car for the first time at Jerez last Thursday, in fact, it […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Button encouraged by promising start

Jenson Button says that there was nothing unsettling about the performance of the McLaren MP4-29 on its first day of running at Jerez. Button missed the opening day of testing on Tuesday due to an issue with his car but was able to complete 43 laps on Wednesday, setting the fastest time of the test. "For our first day of actual running, we were able to get a good understanding of the car, and the way the engine and turbo behaves," he said. "It’s tricky, […]

Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Button: Complex 2014 will take time to understand

Jenson Button says that no team can feel secure that they have mastered the 2014 regulations. Formula 1 has undergone some of the biggest technical changes in decades for the 2014 season. Button reckons that the complexities of the rule changes means that no-one can be confident approaching the new campaign. "I think every single person in Formula 1 is sitting on the edge of the unknown," he said. "That’s both exciting and unsettling in equal measure. There will be lots of things going through […]

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

McLaren anticipating widespread reliability issues

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael believes that drivers will just need to finish the races early on in the year to score points. Many teams and drivers are anticipating widespread reliability issues as Formula 1 enters a new era with 1.6 litre v6 power units. "In the early races there’s no doubt there’s going to be significant reliability issues up and down the grid," said Michael. "We’ve already seen the start of that in dyno programmes, we’ll see that again in testing." "To be honest […]

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

McLaren: Contrast of driver line-up a win-win situation

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says that their 2014 driver line-up is a 'win-win situation' for the team. Jenson Button remains with McLaren for a fifth season and he is joined by reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen. They will race the MP4-29, which was unveiled on Friday. "We all know and like Jenson very much – he’s an integral part of this team now," said Neale. "Kevin has shown such fantastic promise – both in the junior series, and on the occasions that […]

Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Crash test situation 'normal' insists McLaren

McLaren has played down reports its 2014 car is yet to pass all of the mandatory FIA crash tests. "It is normal at this time of the year for teams to push to the limit to achieve maximum performance," a source at the Woking based team reportedly told the German news agency DPA. "It is no different when it comes to the crash tests," he added, insisting the MP4-29 will pass the tests before it makes its track debut. However, it is not clear if […]