Magnussen hopeful of “better fortunes” in Spain
The Woking-based outfit started the season in Australia with two podiums, before registering a double points finish in Malaysia. However, Magnussen and team-mate Jenson Button both retired with clutch problems in Bahrain and struggled for pace at the last race in China.
“As a team, we’ve had a difficult couple of races, so I think we all head to Spain hopeful of better fortunes,” the Danish rookie said ahead of the fifth round of the 2014 season.
“I think the problems we encountered in China have definitely given us the data and the impetus we need to make some changes, so I’m keen to get back in the car on Friday and see if we’ve made a step forward.”
Button believes the team can bounce back. “For us, it’s not simply about bringing new parts to the circuit: it’s about understanding and unlocking the car’s secrets, and using that understanding to take bigger steps with performance,” explained the Brit.
“We’re still at the early stages with our car, and, for us, it’s less about the components that we fit to it, and more about the bigger picture – finding a useful direction, gaining trust in our measurements and pushing ahead. We all know that this team has the capacity to develop a car through a season, so I hope and trust that we’ll start to push forwards again soon.”
Racing director Eric Boullier added: “For us, the weekend will be about learning, and hopefully moving on from our disappointing performance in China last month. The root of our under-performance has been comprehensively analysed; we know the areas where our package falls short, and we’ve taken steps – both short- and long-term – to address those.
“While not all of those will be in evidence in Barcelona this weekend, they mark the start of a fresh push and spirit within the whole organisation. I’m hopeful that we are on the right track to steadily start pushing ourselves back towards the front.”
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