McLaren-Honda made on an encouraging morning session with Jenson Button ending the day in the top 10. Fernando Alonso was 12th, with the team appearing to have made reliable improvement following their early-season struggles.
Fernando Alonso says, “It’s very encouraging to see that we’re moving firmly in the right direction” following McLaren made more progress during Friday practice for the Chinese GP.
“It’s been a very positive Friday for us – I enjoyed both sessions. We completed our aero programme during the morning, and then focused on set-up work this afternoon.” Alonso said
“I don’t think that Q3 is possible but Q2 is definitely the goal for tomorrow and finishing the race, maybe even close to the points, is also a goal”
“All the updates we brought here seem to be working as we’d expected, and they’ve put us closer to the mid-pack. It’s very encouraging to see that we’re moving firmly in the right direction – it’s a question of time as to when we’ll become competitive.” The Spaniard added.
“Obviously, we began the season from a lower starting point than some of the other teams, so it’s been easier for us to make quick improvements, but the team is so focused and determined to improve – that’s very impressive. While it’s been great today to run in the middle of the pack – and I want to be able to maintain that sort of progress – we need to keep our feet on the ground: we saw in the first two races that the others tend to take a step forward in qualifying, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”