Alonso & McLaren's troubled F1 car finally shows progress

Rachel Hardy
May 14, 2017

The Japanese firm has only changed engine maps and made reliability tweaks so far this season, though it introduced revisions to its induction and fuel system for Barcelona that Honda says has nearly eliminated the driveability problems that have hurt McLaren's form over the first four races of 2017. Honda identified the issue as an oil leak, and changed the car's power unit to ensure he would return for FP2 in the afternoon.

Having failed to start in Russian Federation two weeks ago due to an engine failure on the formation lap, Alonso departed the Barcelona circuit after a few choice words and later posted a picture on Instagram of himself playing tennis.

After failing to make Q2 for the fifth time this season, Stoffel Vandoorne was left perplexed as to where his McLaren's performance disappeared to during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. "There will be six cars (in F1) that will be unbeatable for the next few races". "I have had very little time in recent weeks to train with traveling etc so when they confirmed I had two hours free, instead of being here watching on television I went for some training".

"Conditions were quite tricky, quite windy, but my vehicle was always giving me confidence that I was able to push 100 percent". It is nothing we can change.

Sky F1's Martin Brundle said: "It's just unbelievable that they can not get the thing running". It wasn't humour or a amusing thing to go outside the circuit. People got it wrong.

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Alonso added: "It was my decision to play tennis".

"Obviously, it's not an ideal start to the weekend as we completely missed the first practice session because of an engine problem", said Alonso. Alonso said. "After the weekend how it started yesterday with the failure etcetera and our highest position was 13th so far this year so Q3 was a dream, not a possibility that we thought before coming here". "We went out of the pit lane and there was a hole in the engine and the oil was going out". It blew up after 400 metres.

"In a way it is not a surprise". The race is tomorrow, the points they give tomorrow, we need to maintain this position if possible and take some points home.

"The upgrade is a quite decent level of upgrade, but [with] the current gap to the top teams, we can not be proud too much".

"A handsome day", he declared, beaming in front of his adoring home fans at the Circuit de Catalunya, where he won his last Formula One race, with Ferrari, four years ago.

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