Alonso pleased by McLaren progress

By on Friday, March 18, 2016
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Fernando Alonso says he was pleased by McLaren's progress during practice for the Australian Grand Prix, in spite of the wet weather conditions.

Alonso, who sat out the 2015 event in Australia due to an injury sustained in a pre-season testing accident, finished in sixth spot during the late afternoon session, which was affected by persistent rain.

"I think we’re feeling quite happy after today," he said.

"It’s nice to be back here in Melbourne: sometimes, when you come away from testing and go to a different circuit, you receive a pleasant surprise… or an unpleasant surprise.

"Well, today, we received a pleasant surprise.

"We more or less completed our programme – there were a few things we couldn’t quite accomplish, because we didn’t have enough dry running.

"But it was the same for everyone and we’ll hopefully run through our braking and ride-height checks tomorrow."

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