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Magnussen can’t explain McLaren inconsistency

The Danish driver admits that McLaren doesn’t yet understand the reasons for its up and down competiveness.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOCKENHEIM, July 17, 2014 (F1plus/Graham Keilloh).- In another disappointing season for McLaren, wherein its competiveness has appeared rather variable from race to race, today in Hockenheim ahead of the German Grand Prix its driver Kevin Magnussen admitted that such inconsistency is something neither he nor his team understand fully.

“It's difficult...it's a good question. It's something we don't really quite understand 100 per cent” admitted the Dane.

But he did have one culprit in mind: “surely it has a lot to do with tyres, they behave quite differently race to race.”

And he also was positive about the rate of development on the car: “ I think we are improving, the car is improving, we're putting downforce on the car at nearly every race so I think we're moving in a positive direction.”

Magnussen was however unforthcoming on the effect the removal of FRIC suspension would have on McLaren’s place in the competitive order, amid reports that McLaren had pushed more than most for an outlawing of the system.

“Not much to say really. We'll try to get the best out of the car without it”, he said.

As for his own future, now that the driver market’s ‘silly season’ – the discussion of who will go where for the following season is in full swing, Magnussen remains hopeful: “I can only do my best and hope that is good enough.”

He also explained that pressure is something to be expected at Woking: “Anyone at McLaren should feel that you have to deliver to your best to deserve to be there and that goes for me and Jenson as well.”
 

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