Magnussen pleased but says podium out of reach


19 July 2014 by TF1T Staff

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen doesn't believe a podium is possible from fourth on the grid, despite the upgraded MP4-29 delivering additional performance on Saturday.

The team introduced upgrades earlier than it had previously planned, including a radical new rear-wing on Friday, which helped the Dane to qualify fourth behind the sole Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and the Williams duo.

He believes the car over-delivered with fourth and he's not sure what will happen on Sunday.

"I don't think we came into this weekend thinking that P4 was our position, but there you go" he said. "We had a new rear wing which was delivered early, so a fantastic job from the guys at the factory for pushing that through. Also well done to the guys in the garage for getting the most out of these new bits, a really good day.

"A podium is pretty much out of reach, I think. It will need a lot of luck for us to be on the podium but we will go for that! It's a race, it's a lot heavier, the car, and the weather could be a lot different and that may change a lot of things. But P4 is a very good starting position."