Fernando Alonso admitted McLaren’s start to testing was “definitely not perfect” after problems relating to his power unit limited him to just 29 laps on day one.
McLaren have to “concentrate and try to recover the time” said Alonso. “We are disappointed, sad to arrive to the first day and not be able to run.”
“We have four days for each driver before the world championship starts. Now one day is gone. So I have three days to prepare our world championship. It’s not an ideal situation but it is the way it is, there is nothing more we can do from today than learn from whatever happened to the car and try to recover time the next days.”
Alonso said he is fortunate to be able to fall back on his experience to make up for his lack of running.
“I think the time is very important this year with the new regulations, the new tyres. Many information that we need to get in a very short period of time: three days in my case now.”
“Not only on the technical side, also the driving side, you need to find your limits, your driving style that suits this car and these tyres. You need to familiarise with the steering wheel, the starting procedures, the pit stop. Many things that are different this year because of the tyres, because of the size of the car. Obviously one day is gone for me.”
“Let’s say that this is not a problem, I am lucky enough to have good experience and find the limits very quickly – has been the same all my life that I adapt to the cars quicker than anyone else and I will do it for this year.”
Alonso acknowledged the team’s latest problems were especially unfortunate following two difficult seasons with engine supplier Honda. He told the media in Spain it was “a nice temptation for you guys to maximise today’s problems because it’s quite interesting from the media point of view after two difficult seasons we arrive to the winter testing and we don’t run the first day, unfortunately.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year