McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier says the 32 laps the team managed to complete on Tuesday at Jerez were a relief after its problems on the opening two days of testing.
The Honda-powered team managed just 12 laps over the course of the first two days of testing due to a recurring sensor problem, but after a breakthrough on Monday evening, Fernando Alonso completed 32-trouble-free laps on Tuesday morning before a water leak sidelined the car.
“Jenson’s final lap last night made us all feel happier, because we felt we’d cured the issues that had affected us on Sunday and Monday, Boullier said.
“This morning, it was a relief to see the car get out of the garage at 9am, and run without problems for several hours.
Despite ending the day at the bottom of the timesheets, as his time was set on a damp track, Alonso was full of praise for the new MP4-30.
“Fernando’s comments were very positive, too: he said the car was reacting well to changes, and felt stable,” Boullier added.
“Operationally, we’ve already covered everything in our programme, but what’s even more positive is that we’ve been able to carry out a number of longer runs. They’ve shown us that the car doesn’t have any conceptual or architectural issues.
“It’s good to see that the car is effectively able to run straight out of the box, without any major issues. That’s the most positive point of the day.”
Jenson Button will be back behind the wheel of the MP4-30 for the fourth and final day of testing at Jerez on Wednesday.
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