McLAREN: driver Fernando Alonso :
“Of course, the programme we had planned today was longer than 50-
“In a way, it’s useful learning and I’m happy that we’re continuing to make the car stronger and stronger. We managed to complete all the important parts of the programme this morning, so the rest of the day was more about long runs and putting in extra mileage, without needing any specific information to send back to the factory.
“I’m not worried about the track time we lost today. I have one more day in the car before Australia, and I hope we’ll be able to do some long runs and check extra things in order to keep discovering more about our new package, but the fundamental questions we needed to answer in winter testing have been answered, so for me the final day is not crucial. If we went to Australia tomorrow, I’d feel okay.”
Despite a positive start to the day and some productive initial running, Fernando’s programme was brought to a halt on track just after 11:00hrs, when the team detected an oil leak.
Given the location of the leak and the time-
Fernando returned to the track just after 17:00hrs for a further 10 laps before the chequered flag, as well as practice launches and start procedures.
Fernando completed 57 laps in total and set the sixth-
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