At the past weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso complained he had never raced with so little power, while his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne had no power at all after engine failure prevented him from even starting Sunday’s race, which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
During in-season testing on the same circuit on Tuesday, McLaren detected a water leak on the first lap and worked all day to repair it, completing only 17 laps and two timed runs.
“I’m really grateful for giving me the opportunity to drive here in
Stoffel will complete the testing on Wednesday.
McLaren have produced a promising chassis this season, but have been unable to show its potential because of Honda’s failure to deliver a reliable engine.
Mercedes, by contrast, completed 97 laps and
“Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty, but we still managed to get through plenty of work,” said Hamilton, who finished second to Vettel on Sunday.
“Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of the car so that we can improve our long runs.”