Magnussen hoping for a smooth Chinese GP

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he would like to have an incident-free race ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Magnussen suffered a puncture within the opening stages of the first lap, while at the Bahrain GP the Dane was hit with a penalty and forced to start from the pit lane after a weigh bridge infraction.

Despite starting off the Bahrain GP in the pits, the 23-year-old said that it was still encouraging that he was able to climb to P11 at finish line.

“It is pretty frustrating!” Magnussen told Crash.net.

“That’s how it is in racing sometimes, but we are very close so that does give us motivation.

“I’m enjoying being back behind the wheel, pushing hard and overtaking, but you have so much work to do from the back that you can have a very strong race yet still finish in eleventh. If we start further up the order and don’t have a first lap incident good things can happen.

“The car feels really good – of course, we want more downforce and more power, but show me a race driver who doesn’t ask for that – so I’m really excited [for China] and really want to get those first points on the board. Give me a normal race with no puncture and no penalty and I think we can do that!”

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