Kevin Magnussen has fallen from second to ninth in the standings since Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

has fallen from second to ninth in the standings since Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kevin Magnussen has endured a difficult time since his spectacular debut in Australia, but the McLaren driver insists that it’s all part of the inevitable learning curve.

Magnussen finished a lowly 13th last time out in China.

“I think I’ve learned a lot,” said the Dane. “It’s been good in many ways as well. Obviously we’re not where we want to be, and we need to keep working really hard to get there. But I think I have learned a lot, and there have been many positive points to take away from the last two races.

“It’s not that we’re happy or that I’m happy. We just need to work hard, keep working hard. The team is doing a great job. They are staying positive, although they are not happy with the position. They are staying strong and keeping the fighting spirit up. So, yeah, I’m pretty happy with how things are going in terms of the progress we’re making.”

Regarding the lack of points recently he said: “In Bahrain I think we would have scored points. China was not good for us. It was a bit of a shock how far off the pace we were but again I think we learned a lot. We know China is probably the worst circuit for us at the moment, but we’ll just see how it goes here.”

Magnussen said it was too early to judge the value of this weekend’s updates.

“We don’t know how the car feels, we haven’t driven it yet since the last race, so we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t expect it to feel a lot different. We are bringing a few new parts but nothing that is going to change the world. This track is the first track on the calendar this year that I’ve been to before, so that’s nice. It’s nice to be in Europe again, so feeling a bit more at home. So I’m looking forward to it.”

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