Kevin Magnussen took a superb fourth place in his first ever F1 qualifying session in Australia, emphasising that he will be a major force from the start of his career.
“I’m happy,” he said. “This qualifying was tricky conditions, not just the weather but just in terms of me doing my first qualifying on tyres that I’ve never, ever run. So tricky, and I’m happy to get out of it in fourth position. I don’t think I could have asked for much more. Tomorrow’s points, that’s what we’re here for.
“I’m massively looking forward to it. My first race in F1, I’m here, on the second row, with the team I’ve dreamt of racing for my whole life. This is amazing and I can’t wait.
“Everything is going to be a big challenge. The good thing is the car is actually very good, and no surprise. Just go out and enjoy it. The team has done a fantastic job in preparing me for this, I’ve had five days in an F1 car in my life, six days maybe, and I’m here in my first race with a top team on the second row of the grid.
“I didn’t come here with many expectations, I came here really just wanting to do my best and see where that would take me. I know what I can do. Tricky conditions, so you have to be careful in expecting too much. It’s important just to go out and enjoy it and do the best you can, and see where it takes you.”
Asked how he might feel on the grid, he said: “I’ve no idea, I’ve never tried it, so we’ll see…”