Fernando Alonso, as upset as any double F1 world champion would be in a slow and unreliable car, summed up McLaren’s testing troubles in terms guaranteed to make Honda executives wince.
McLaren are heading to the Australian Grand Prix – season-opener with woes and Spaniard says that, they are prepared to face a difficult weekend in Melbourne.
“The start of a new season always gives us a range of feelings – great excitement to be racing again, and the sense of the unknown as we go into a formula with a brand-new set of regulations. We don’t yet know where everyone stands as testing was a proving ground for the teams more than ever before, and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly teams show their hand over the course of the weekend.” Alonso said.
“I’m incredibly motivated for 2017 and I can’t wait to see what kind of racing this new shake-up of the sport will bring. We already know the sport is a lot more physical and the cars are more challenging to drive – from a driver’s point of view this is exactly what we were looking for in the new regulations, and I really hope this will translate to good battles on track.
“After a difficult two weeks of testing we’re prepared to face a difficult weekend in Melbourne.” The Spaniard added
“We’ll do our best with what we have and there’s a lot of hard work and collaboration happening within the team, but the lack of time before the first race means you have less options for big changes. The first step will be to work on reliability before we can make any assumptions or predictions about performance, and we will try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can.”