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Magnussen relishes F1 challenge

Tuesday 03-December-2013 12:40

New McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen will look to Jenson Button for direction when the Dane starts his starts his Formula One career next season.

Magnussen hopes to have a far more low-key debut season in the sport than his predecessor Sergio Perez, who believed he would be a title contender when he moved to the Woking outfit.

During a Question and Answer session on Twitter with fans, the 21-year-old admitted that he relishes the opportunity to compete in the top flight of motor racing, although he has no illusions about his place on the paddock.

"[I'm] very excited to be with McLaren - one of the greatest F1 teams - and looking forward to working with and learning from Jenson," he said.

"He has huge experience, [and] I'll make the most of the opportunity - a great team-mate.

"I feel pressure, because McLaren is a top team, and they expect big results, [but] being with McLaren is what I'm most excited about."

Magnussen will be McLaren's first rookie since Lewis Hamilton's debut season in 2007 and the Dane admitted that the current Mercedes driver is a source of inspiration for him.

"It's proof that it's been done before, which is positive - Lewis is a fantastic driver," Magnussen said of Hamilton's debut season when he finished one point behind winner Kimi Raikkonen in the Drivers' Championship.

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