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Boullier hails Magnussen's growth

Monday 10-March-2014 12:24

Eric Boullier has given Kevin Magnussen his vote of confidence ahead of his debut, saying the McLaren driver is "very impressive."

This weekend Magnussen will make his Formula One debut when the Danish driver takes to the Albert Park circuit for the season-opening Australian GP.

But while his debut may come with a heap of pressure, McLaren racing director Boullier believes the 21-year-old is up to the task.

"Surprisingly, you can feel he is already very at home," Boullier told Autosport.

"He is still a bit shy maybe in terms of expressing his feedback, but it's going right.

"There are many [technical] parameters and he is doing it cleverly, not going too much into details now because he doesn't want to get lost in aero strategy or tyre management."

Boullier is especially impressed given that Magnussen comes into F1 from Formula Renault 3.5 and has had very little time in an F1 car.

"He is doing well. It's a different story from drivers in the past who had lots of miles under their belts.

"For a young driver who did only a couple of days in an F1 car, he is very impressive.

"He is consistent and obviously you have the usual problems with tyre management for a kid like him because they are used to a different world where they could push through the race.

"Here, you have to be a bit more careful with the tyres if you want them to last long enough during your stint.

"That is what he has to learn, but he is doing very well."

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