Magnussen targets points on Renault debut

By on Monday, March 14, 2016
Renault Sport

Renault Sport

Kevin Magnussen says a points finish is his ambition as he prepares to make his full-time Formula 1 comeback with Renault in Australia this weekend.

Magnussen finished second on his debut at Albert Park in 2014 but was unable to start his sole event last year as his McLaren developed an engine problem on the way to the grid.

Magnussen has not entered a race since his last appearance for McLaren 12 months ago but now makes a return to the sport with Renault, alongside rookie Jolyon Palmer.

"I feel ready for Melbourne," he said. "We’ve had some good days of testing, with lots of laps: more than 100 every day and more than 500 in four days.

"Putting in the mileage was the main thing as I needed to get back up to speed after some time out of a car. I really couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve been through systems checks and feel comfortable going to Melbourne and doing a race.

"At the moment I think we are just outside the top 10 but if all goes well then who knows. You can never definitely hope for points, but if we leave Australia with points we can be happy.

"In 2014 I had a brilliant start with the podium, but I went again last year and it wasn’t as good as the first time!

"Hopefully we will complete the race this year and get some points. That’s my aim. If both myself and Jolyon can come away with points, it would be a massive achievement!"

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