New 2017 F1 cars address Kevin Magnussen's 'problem'

Haas newcomer Kevin Magnussen believes that Formula 1's new-for-2017 regulations will help him get around the biggest difficulty he found with the previous generation of cars

New 2017 F1 cars address Kevin Magnussen's 'problem'

Magnussen, who joined F1 in 2014 at the dawn of the hybrid era, supports the ideas behind the rule changes for this year, which will lead to cars being much faster and more difficult to drive.

Speaking to the media at his new team's Kannapolis base in the USA, Magnussen admitted that he was prone to "overdriving" - and that tendency would not be as detrimental in 2017 machinery.

"I'm a driver that, if I have a problem, it's most of the time because I'm overdriving," the Dane conceded. "I naturally tend to overdrive the car.

"These new cars will probably suit that better than [cars with] less downforce.

"I'm looking forward to it - it's going to be fun to try.

"If our expectations are true, then they're going to be the fastest Formula 1 cars ever, probably, so that would be exciting."

Magnussen said his strength training programme has been ramped up in preparation for the anticipated physical challenges of F1 2017.

"I've definitely stepped it up a lot over the winter," he added.

"This winter it's been mostly about training, I haven't travelled anywhere, vacation or anything else.

"I've stayed at home to train with my fitness trainer in Denmark.

"We don't really know how fast these cars are going to be, how physically demanding they're going to be, so you just have to prepare as hard as you can."

Having partnered Jenson Button at McLaren in his debut season in F1 in 2014 and rookie Jolyon Palmer in his sophomore campaign last year, Magnussen says he's happy to be paired up with an experienced driver again in Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean.

"I prefer to have an experienced teammate," he said.

"It's good for the team but it's also good for me as a driver - to have someone that I can really learn from.

"I learned from Jolyon as well last year, but from Romain I'm sure I'll learn more, because he's an extremely fast racing driver."

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