Alonso anticipates ‘difficult’ weekend for McLaren
1 | March 21, 2017 4:50 PM HKT
Fernando Alonso has said he is braced for a “difficult”
season opener in Australia after a torrid pre-season with
The MCL32 required at least seven power unit changes throughout
Winter Testing, suffered multiple breakdowns and managed just
11 laps on its longest stint.
The expectation is that Alonso and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne
will both finish with DNFs at Albert Park, and the former
appears to be prepared for the worst.
“After a difficult two weeks of testing we’re prepared to face
a difficult weekend in Melbourne,” said Alonso ahead of
“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 fewer options for
“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.”
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