After securing the Renault Sport F1 team’s first points of the season during the Russian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen admitted he has been recharging his batteries in the time since his seventh place finish at the Sochi Autodrom.
The Danish driver admitted it was nice to be able to train outside more due to the improved weather conditions, as he worked on his fitness ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“After Russia I was training and recharging my batteries,” said Magnussen. “The weather’s getting better so I’m doing some training outside, the sun is coming out and that’s a good thing. A nice change after training inside for the entire winter!”
Magnussen feels the circuit is not that exciting for drivers due to the number of laps completed during the extensive and intensive pre-season testing programme, and although he expects some ‘dull’ racing there, he knows there is scope for the odd surprise.
“It’s a good circuit and we’ve driven it so many times that everyone knows it very well, so it’s not so exciting from that perspective as there aren’t often any surprises,” said Magnussen.
“It can offer some really good racing, then some years you have quite a dull race. I can remember when Williams took their last win: that was a really exciting race. You can see surprises here.”
The Circuit de Catalunya is traditionally used as the primary venue for pre-season testing, and will, in 2016 be one of the in-season testing venues, with the track hosting a two-day test after the Spanish Grand Prix, and Magnussen believes the nature of the circuit makes it an ideal testing location for Formula 1.
“The reason Barcelona is a test track is because it has almost every type of corner,” insisted Magnussen. “It has chicanes, it has fast corners, it has slow corners, it has big braking zones, it has corners when you prioritise speed on entry and it has corners where you focus on the exit: it has everything.
“It’s a perfect test track, but in anything it does have more high speed than low speed corners so you need a nicely balanced car and tyre wear can get a little bit tricky: you can’t really run the softest tyres there.”