Alonso: McLaren has one problem ... Honda


Alonso: McLaren has one problem ... Honda

But the chassis feels good, it is responding well to changes and I am happy with the balance and how it attacks the corners.

"I am confident with the auto, I can attack as I want to".

"As we do 40 laps every day we are in day two of testing and discovering those things". We're hoping to get some solid track time as it'll be our last chance before Australia.

"I'm always going anticlockwise, so when the people go pessimistic, I go optimistic and when the people get overexcited, I get anxious", he said.

He said: "We have only one problem: that is the power unit".

Honda has suffered mechanical and electrical problems with the power unit and discovered a design flaw with the oil tank on the first day. In 2015 we weren't prepared at the start of testing, but I think Honda didn't know anything about their own engine at the start of 2015. We've had some problems and it's far from an ideal situation, but we're aware of it and we're working very hard to make sure we make big improvements before we go to Melbourne.

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The Spaniard said the engine had "no reliability and no power", with only two days of testing remaining before the first race of the season on March 26 in Melbourne.

But the reliability concerns continue and the pressure mounts on team principal Eric Boullier, who was due to address the media alongside Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa at the end of Day Three. "Everything feels good, but when you arrive to normal speed you don't know what is going to happen.".

"The only question is how much power we will have". "When people go pessimistic, I go optimistic".

"What I am seeing now is really the opposite, more than ever this year and this winter".

As for Alonso's obvious frustration this week, Vandoorne said: "Fernando and I talk a lot and we agree that we can not be frustrated, we have to work together to go forward and improve". If one day, I feel in the vehicle, and people, I see on the corners that they do fantastic lines, they brake later than me, they accelerate earlier than me, they do better starts than me, that day, I will stop, and I will say it's time. Today they have a lot of information from the last two years, so I think they already have the answer to all the problems they've seen and experienced until now with the info they got from the last two years.

"Oh yeah, for us, not only Turn 3", he smiled. "I will not stop racing without a good result and one I deserve". At least the new McLaren road cars look cool.



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