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'Magnussen will push Button hard'

Sunday 12th January 2014

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'Magnussen will push Button hard'

'Magnussen will push Button hard'

Kevin Magnussen may be a rookie but expect him to challenge Jenson Button, that's according to McLaren test driver Gary Paffett.

Magnussen will be making his Formula One debut with McLaren this season, replacing Sergio Perez on the back of McLaren's worst season in F1 for years.

And although the rookie, who won last year's Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, will be taking on a former F1 Champion, Paffett believes the Dane is up to the task.

"What we want to see at McLaren is Jenson to be pushed hard this year," he said while on the main stage at AUTOSPORT International.

"Jenson needs someone quicker than him to push him harder. That's what we saw with Lewis Hamilton in the team.

"Lewis is one of the best qualifiers on the grid, and he always pushed Jenson past the limit, so Jenson had to work very hard to keep up.

"Last year with the drivers quite closely matched there didn't seem to be too much pushing going on in the team and I really think Kevin can bring that.

"What we've seen of him so far in testing, he is extremely fast."

The test driver added that he expects Magnussen will easy adapt to Formula One as he has shown a lot of growth as a driver in the last two years.

"Kevin lacks the experience of racing in F1 but what we saw over the last two years in World Series was how much he changed as a driver.

"He was quick but a bit reckless and had a lot of incidents in 2012, but in 2013 he was a very complete driver - still quick but a lot wiser and a lot more technical than he was before.

"He still has a lot to learn in Formula 1 but he is very quick and he does learn well and he does change to make himself better."

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