McLaren Mercedes F1 team director Eric Boullier expressed a high satisfaction of F1 rookie Kevin Magnussen’s pre-season test performance.
Defending Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin was successfully completed pre-season test; also two times he took top fastest (third day of Jerez and second day of Bahrain) and made consistent performance without any major incident
The McLaren new recruit Boullier also highlights his technical skill, evaluate with 2014 F1 regulations.
“Surprisingly, you can feel he is already very at home, he is still a bit shy maybe in terms of expressing his feedback, but it’s going right. Boullier told Autosport.
“There are many [technical] parameters and he is doing it cleverly, not going too much into details now because he doesn’t want to get lost in aero strategy or tyre management.”
“He is doing well; it’s a different story from drivers in the past who had lots of miles under their belts. For a young driver who did only a couple of days in an F1 car, he is very impressive. said Boullier.
“He is consistent and obviously you have the usual problems with tyre management for a kid like him because they are used to a different world where they could push through the race.
“Here, you have to be a bit more careful with the tyres if you want them to last long enough during your stint. That is what he has to learn, but he is doing very well.”
Following the final test Kevin says: “As a team, we’re not quite there yet, but we have more to come. Our car feels like it has potential – unlike last year’s car, where you could feel its problems when you were driving. This year, it feels like an F1 car.
“In terms of preparation, you always feel like you can do more – if we had more time, we wouldn’t stop! But, from a driving perspective, I think I’ve got all the basics covered in order to go out there and do a race. I don’t feel uncomfortable going into a grand prix now – I feel that I know all the procedures, I know what’s important, and I know what to focus on in a race weekend. And that’s really positive.
“It’s a very special feeling knowing that the next time I get in the car, it’ll be in Australia. I’ve got a big job ahead of me, but I’m pretty excited. I feel ready.”