Magnussen determined to ‘prove worth’

Date published: March 13 2016 - Editor

Back in Formula 1 after a year on the sidelines, Kevin Magnussen says he has "many points" to prove when he lines up on the Melbourne grid with Renault.

Magnussen parted ways with McLaren last season after spending the year as the Woking team's test driver, bumped down to the role after they opted to retain Jenson Button as Fernando Alonso's team-mate.

With his Formula 1 career in jeopardy, Magnussen was handed a lifeline by Renault who signed him just days after dropping Pastor Maldonado.

Looking ahead to his first grand prix in 12 months – Magnussen substituted for Alonso at the 2015 Australian GP but did make it onto the grid due to an engine failure – the Dane says he is "hungry" to prove he deserves his seat.

He said: "Hopefully I'll prove many points. I’m extremely motivated after a whole year away. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines during the races for so many weekends and I’m hungry to come back and prove my worth.

"I’ve raced my whole life and I’m extremely hungry and keen to get in a race car again and even more so with Renault Sport!

"I feel ready for Melbourne. We’ve had some good days of testing, with lots of laps: more than 100 every day and more than 500 in four days.

"Putting in the mileage was the main thing as I needed to get back up to speed after some time out of a car. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

"I’ve been through systems checks and feel comfortable going to Melbourne and doing a race."

And although he admits Renault may find themselves outside the top ten, he says it would be great to leave Australia with points.

"At the moment I think we are just outside the top ten but if all goes well then who knows," he added. "You can never definitely hope for points, but if we leave Australia with points we can be happy."