The Danish youngster made an incredible start to his Formula 1 career, finishing second on debut at the Australian Grand Prix.
However, since then, the McLaren MP4-29 has struggled in cooler conditions, resulting in a yield of just ten points between Magnussen and teammate Jenson Button. None of these points have come in the last two races, and in China both drivers endured anonymous races to finish 11th and 13th.
Magnussen took to Twitter to tell his fans that he is more determined than ever.
“Last few races have been very difficult for us,” he said. “But it’s time like these that make you tough. And it’s times like these that make you even more hungry for the win.”
The Dane was drafted in as a shock replacement for Sergio Perez, who was dropped by the team after just one lacklustre season. The defending Formula Renault 3.5 champion has made no secret of his gratitude to the team, and he has vowed to repay them with good results.
“I am blessed to be with Mclaren, and we are going to fight back and be even stronger when we get there. Thank you for all your support guys!”
The team will look to bounce back at the Spanish Grand Prix in 20 days’ time where warmer conditions and an upgrade package should aid the pace of the car.
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