Kevin Magnussen says he doesn’t feel under pressure to live up to the standard set by Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.
Next year Magnussen will become the first rookie to make his F1 race debut for the team since Hamilton in 2007. Hamilton finish on the podium in his first nine consecutive races and came within a point of winning the world championship that year.
“The fact that Lewis did exactly what I?óÔé¼Ôäóm doing now is a positive for me, said Magnussen. “It shows that the team has been there before, and has already prepared a rookie for his grand prix debut.”
“The fact that Lewis was so successful doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót raise the pressure for me, it just shows that it can be done, and that you can be successful as a rookie. That?óÔé¼Ôäós really encouraging.”
Magnussen will also have to contend with a radical overhaul in the technical formula next year with the introduction of new 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and more powerful energy recovery units.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäóll be a new challenge for everyone, not just for me,” said Magnussen. “Everyone?óÔé¼Ôäós going to have to learn about the 2014 cars ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ not just myself.”
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós a good year to come into F1. The fact that I won?óÔé¼Ôäót have as much experience as some of the other drivers actually counts a little bit less ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ of course, it?óÔé¼Ôäós still going to require a lot of hard work ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and I?óÔé¼Ôäóll have a lot to learn ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but so will everyone else, so that?óÔé¼Ôäós a positive for me.”
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