Kevin Magnussen: “We learned a lot in Baku”

by Paul Hensby

Kevin Magnussen is in a positive frame of mind heading into this weekends Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring despite finishing outside the points once more last time out around the Baku Street Circuit.

The Dane feels the Red Bull Ring better suits his driving style, with the Renault Sport F1 driver eager to continue the development of the RS16 after doing some valuable set-up work during the Baku weekend to try and understand the characteristics of the car more as the team work towards making progress up the Formula 1 field.

“I’m particularly looking forward to it,” said Magnussen. “Austria is more my type of country, with the fresh air and mountains. It’s great to be away from a city for a Grand Prix and the circuit itself is really good.

“It’s small, but it’s high speed. It has a really nice flow and there are good opportunities for overtaking – like into turn two. I like it.

“I had a decent race and qualifying there in 2014 so there’s nothing bad I can say about it. I’m headed there in a very positive frame of mind and I can’t wait to get out in action.

“We learned a lot in Baku. We tried a variety of set-ups and did make progress in our understanding of the car. My car wasn’t too bad in the race and we made the best of our opportunities.

“Obviously, we all want stronger results but we all knew this would be a tough season where we’d have to dig deep and work hard. Ultimately we’re here for the long term.”

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