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Magnussen: Still learning, still “strange” to have McLaren chance

Feb 6, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen wowed the Formula One establishment last week at Jerez when he set the fastest time over the four days of testing.

But Magnussen, who already admitted in December he was taking a measured approach to his first season in F1, still admits he has a lot to learn. And he takes confidence from the fact his teammate Jenson Button says he does, too.

“One of the things Jenson (Button) has told me is that he never stops learning,” Magnussen said in a Q&A with F1’s official website. “He’s driven nearly 250 Grands Prix, so it’s quite inspiring to hear him say that. I can definitely learn from Jenson, and, like him, I hope to keep learning.”

Even after the test last week, Magnussen said the feeling of driving for McLaren hadn’t sunk in yet.

“When I got into the car for the first time at Jerez last Thursday, in fact, it still felt a bit strange,” he said. “But I’m a firm believer that there are no guarantees in this world, so I’m now focusing on the work I need to do to justify the privilege of being a Formula One driver.”

He also added lap count, rather than lap times, is more important during the winter in the run-up to the Australian Grand Prix.

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