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Bahrain test drive for McLaren: & # 34; Friday is the most important day & # 34;

Bahrain test drive for McLaren
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F or Fernando Alonso the world is still shining pink. At least outwardly. The double finish in Shanghai? A big success. 'Because we had new parts on board that were supposed to prevent the problems in Malaysia from catching up with us. It worked. It shows that we are on the right track.'

The gap that has shrunk to two seconds to the top? Not that important right now. 'We have to make sure that we understand and implement the development steps correctly. Normally, new problems arise as soon as the car gets faster. We try to anticipate that. All the steps we take are designed in such a way that they still work when the car gets a second faster. '

Alonso also gets a new McLaren underbody

The most important day of the weekend for Alonso is Friday. 'In the first session we do aerodynamic tests for the future. In the second we try to understand the tires. For us the races are still like test drives. It doesn't matter whether we finish 13th or 15th. You can do that outside explain to anyone. But we're the only sport you can't train for. '

In principle, Alonso is happy with his McLaren. 'The car gives me confidence. It has no unexpected reactions. Everything is clear and logical.' In Bahrain, Alonso will also get the new underbody that was reserved for Jenson Button in Shanghai. The Spaniard voluntarily waived this 7 days ago: 'To get rid of the fact that I have a number one contract. Once it affects one driver, then the other. Next time, it's my turn.


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