Magnussen frustrated by top 10 near-misses in Australia, Bahrain

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Kevin Magnussen feels frustrated after narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish in the opening two races of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Magnussen returned to the grid in 2016 after spending the previous year in reserve at McLaren, signing for Renault when Pastor Maldonado’s backing fell through.

Magnussen recovered from a first lap puncture in Australia to finish 12th, and crossed the line P11 in Bahrain last weekend despite being forced to start from the pit lane.

“It is pretty frustrating!” Magnussen admitted. “That’s how it is in racing sometimes, but we are very close so that does give motivation.

“The car feels really good. Of course, we want more downforce and more power, but show me a race driver who doesn’t ask for that!

“Naturally I’m enjoying being back behind the wheel, pushing hard and overtaking, but you have so much work to do from the back that you can have a very strong race yet still finish in 11th.

“If we start further up the order and don’t have a first lap incident good things can happen.”

Magnussen heads to next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix hopeful of picking up Renault’s first points of the season, but conceded that the high-power nature of the Shanghai International Circuit may work against the French team.

“We know our weaknesses and perhaps Shanghai’s not going to be the friendliest track for us in terms of these,” Magnussen said.

“But I still think that if we have a good race we can challenge for points. I’m really pumped and excited.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 1:30am ET on April 17.