Fernando Alonso admits that, McLaren-Honda had too many problems with Jenson Button’s car, but he felt that his qualifying result for the Bahrain Grand Prix acted as a nice surprise for Woking based squad.
McLaren has struggled with its new Honda-powered MP4-30 car in 2015, failing to achieve any points in the first three races of the season.
Following just three turns of the Bahrain International Circuit, the Brit had to stop on track with what the team believe to be another electrical issue.
In first practice on Friday, the engine in Button’s car cut out at the first corner of his opening quick lap due to an electrical failure, and then come FP2 a sensor issue forced him to pull over.
“We know the performance is not there but we know how to get there, hopefully soon,” Alonso said. “But in terms of reliability we had too many problems, still. With Jenson’s car this weekend, it’s been not so good. So tomorrow, I think we have to try to arrive with both cars at the chequered flag and then whatever position this is, we’ll see how the pace is tomorrow. But we need to finish the race.
“The chequered flag will be the first priority because we’re not in a position at the moment to dream too much, or dream too high. That’s the first thing. It depends. We need to have a little bit of luck if we want to take points. Today, we were the 14th fastest, so it’s difficult to believe tomorrow we’ll be in the first ten. We need some help from the others but I’m happy with everything.”
Asked if qualifying 14th in Bahrain was a morale boosting result, Alonso replied: “This is the way it is at the moment.
“Everyone in the team is calm, and focused on what we have to do. It’s very easy to panic in this situation when you’re down. But it’s the opposite. The team is hugely motivated because we know we need each other, we are all united. Hopefully we can do two steps in one, so next one will be Q3.
“It’s important. Obviously it’s not the dream come true going to Q2, especially for us because we have higher expectations than going to Q2. We needed the result because we knew we were going in the right direction with the car, the performance but always out of Q1 makes some doubts.”