Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Magnussen eager to emulate Hamilton

Friday 3rd January 2014

Share:

Magnussen eager to emulate Hamilton

Magnussen eager to emulate Hamilton

Kevin Magnussen is looking follow in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton, confident McLaren know how to get the best out of a rookie.

This season the Danish driver will take to the grid for McLaren having signed a long-term deal with the Woking team.

Magnussen's arrival marks the first time since Hamilton in 2007 that McLaren have entrusted a rookie driver with the car.

Hamilton proved that trust well-placed as he raced to second in the Championship and Magnussen is hoping to emulate the Brit's achievements.

"He [Hamilton] had great success at McLaren arriving there as a rookie and it is definitely possible to do," said Magnussen in an interview with Autosport.

"I know he worked incredibly hard, and the good thing is that I am in the same team as he was.

"They [McLaren] have had a rookie before; they know how to treat a rookie and how to work with a rookie. That is good, a really good thing."

The 21-year-old will arrive at McLaren with a lot less F1 miles under his belt than Hamilton had due to limited testing.

However, Magnussen reckons the early start drivers get these days means he will be well prepared.

"My generation of drivers have all started very early. The previous generation of drivers started a bit later.

"So if you take a driver at 19 from my generation, he will be better prepared at 19 than a driver was from the previous generation because we have started earlier.

"I am not saying that I am 100 per cent ready for F1. You will always feel like you can do more, and you need a little bit more time."

Vettel's Maiden Ferrari Run

Editor's Picks

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren have finally announced they are retaining Jenson Button for 2015. Here are ten reasons why they made the right choice...

PF1 Prediction Results

PF1 Prediction Results

The results are in and Frank Hopkinson turns into an oracle with his scary prediction about safety in F1...

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Andrew Davies looks at the outstanding race performances this season, not always by drivers who made it onto the podium...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...