Magnussen: “Renault is a top team”

Trouble for Magnussen at the start of the grand prix left the Dane with a puncture and in need of a trip into the pits for new tyres.

That dropped him a full lap behind the rest of the field, however, a red flag later in the grand prix meant he was able to unlap himself and race to 12th place.

Despite the lack of points, Magnussen says it was a promising display from Renault

“It is very clear that this team is a top team in F1,” said the Dane. Maybe not in terms of pace: we know where we are and we are not happy with this, but when we get the car faster we will be there. We have a good baseline and something we can really work on. I didn’t have a good race but I am very happy as it looks good for the rest of the season.”

Looking ahead to the next race in Bahrain, the former McLaren driver admits it is going to be a “major challenge” because of both the heat and the circuit’s layout.

“It’s not the most exciting track, to be honest! The heat is a major challenge and it is tough on the rear tyres so having a car that looks after them will be an advantage. There are also four long straights so it is a power orientated track. I will enjoy getting out there and if you ask me if the race could be tomorrow I’d be there, no questions asked!”