The Danish driver has previous experience racing at the Red Bull Ring, the venue for Austria’s return to the F1 calendar, and finished both of last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 races at the track in third place.
McLaren has taken several new parts to Austria for round eight of the season. When asked about his hopes for the weekend and the updates, he replied: “I have been here before last year when I raced in World Series. I know the track and in terms of upgrades, it is positive that we are bringing new upgrades again and we need to keep doing that.
“But, we will put them on the car and then see what happens. There is never any guarantee that it will be positive, but hopefully it will and I have faith that it should be positive. But it isn’t going to change that we are behind, so we need to keep our heads up and push on.”
Despite racing at the circuit last year, Magnussen says he will approach the weekend like he has never been there before. “I think when you have done one race, you forget the feeling and if you have been to a track 10 times, you really know it then,” he explained.
“It is good that I know the circuit. I can remember what I wanted from the car and what the limitations were, but it is very different to a Formula 1 car.”
He also spoke about his team-mate Jenson Button, saying he is pleased to have him on the other side of the McLaren garage. “I am catching up and I am learning a lot from him, which is very positive,” he said.
“I am really glad that he is my team-mate and I am glad that I get to learn from him. I am making progress, I can feel that. ”
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