• Australian GP

Magnussen - Third 'feels like a win'

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Kevin Magnussen on his way to third at Albert Park © Getty Images

Kevin Magnussen, the first Dane to finish on the podium after his third place in Australia on his F1 debut, said it was as good as a win for him and the team, with Jenson Button taking fourth to leave McLaren top of the constructors' championship.

"I just can't believe it," he said. "It is a not a win but feels a bit like a win. "The team is coming off a difficult season and they really wanted to come back. And working with a rookie as well who hasn't got experience … it's been tough for them, for sure, but they've done such a good job, made me feel really at home and made me feel comfortable with everything. I couldn't have asked for more.

He said that the pre-season concerns had not been a factor out on track. "The car was so much better than it's been at any point. We just keep improving the car. I had just exactly what I need the whole race. The preparation we've done this winter has been fantastic."

Near the end he had to cut his pace to save fuel, the aim being to see if he was in a position to mount a late challenge on Daniel Ricciardo. "I think me and Dan had pretty similar pace but obviously you can do stuff with the engine to try and push for a few laps and then you have to back off because you have to harvest the energy again.

"And you're fuel saving as well and then stop for a few laps and then you begin again and you have to do more and catch that up. I guess it makes it exciting from the outside because it creates opportunities for overtaking but it just wasn't enough today. I didn't have enough pace to get past Dan."

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