Kevin Magnussen's difficult run since his second place on his Formula 1 debut in Australia is part of the normal learning process for a rookie, according to McLaren racing director Eric Boullier
The Dane starred in Australia, finishing third on the road before being promoted by Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion for exceeding the fuel-flow rate.
In both Malaysia and Bahrain, on-track clashes with Kimi Raikkonen compromised his race, although he went on to finish ninth at Sepang after a penalty for hitting the Finn.
In China McLaren's lack of competitiveness meant he finished 13th.
"Obviously, he is a young rookie driver and it reminds me, in my experience [as team principal at Renault/Lotus] of [Romain] Grosjean and [Vitaly] Petrov," said Boullier when asked by AUTOSPORT about Magnussen's recent results.
"They went through the same processes, it's part of the learning curve, unfortunately.
"They are inexperienced and need to be able to understand the car.
"It's not helped by the fact that he has a car that is not so easy to drive today."
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