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Magnussen urged to stay grounded

Tuesday 18-March-2014 08:41

Ron Dennis, a man who knows a thing or two about nurturing F1 talent, has urged Kevin Magnussen to stay level-headed after his impressive debut.

After qualifying P4 at Albert Park, the 21-year-old rookie produced a mature display that saw him finish third behind Nico Rosberg from Mercedes and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

He was later bumped up to second after Australian Ricciardo was excluded from the results, but McLaren CEO Dennis was quick to give him some advice.

"Keep your feet in the ground," he told his driver. "A very wise old man went into his house and nailed to the ceiling was a pair of shoes. I asked what they were for and he said they were his son's shoes because every time he sees them it reminds him to keep his feet on the ground. I will put some in your hotel room."

Magnussen, of course, is over the moon with his brilliant start to his Formula One career. He bettered Lewis Hamilton's record of finishing third when he made his debut in 2007.

"It was unbelievable really," the Dane said. "The team have taken care of me so well and I am proud of the team. It does not feel real. It is so strange that this is happening. I have been dreaming about this for my whole life. I have now done my first F1 race, I was able to get on the podium and I did it with McLaren. It is my dream."

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