Alonso happy but warns further progress required

By on Friday, February 20, 2015
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Fernando Alonso expressed his happiness after enjoying McLaren's most productive day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday.

Alonso completed 59 laps in the McLaren MP4-30 at the Spanish venue and ended the day in seventh position.

"Definitely we had a better day today, we could complete some runs and we run at 9am and finish at 5.45pm which is good news finally," he said.

"We could test some of the potential of the car, complete laps, check many systems we could not do before, every lap we do we learn things, every lap we do we discover new things, so we are in a very early phase of the development of the car but definitely very interesting and very challenging for all of us."

"[It's a] completely new project, everyone in the team is excited [and] it has been a beautiful day for me driving the car, exploring some of the potential, obviously we are running with some limits on the engine and the power but definitely the car felt better than Jerez.

"Every lap we do there is a little thing we need to fix [but we are] six days done, six days to go so obviously we need to make progress, we are happy today but we know we did 60 laps, lowest number of all the teams, a long way to go but obviously we are making progress."

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