Perhaps McLaren Honda expected a change in fortunes when they turned up with upgrades for Fernando Alonso’s home race at the Spanish Grand Prix to kick off the European leg of the 2017 F1 season.
Far from it. Fernando’s car suffered an engine failure due to a sudden oil pressure loss on lap 1 of the first practice session of the weekend.
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Unsurprisingly, Honda is still rather clueless as to why the engine blew up three corners into the installation lap. Suprisingly however, McLaren executive director Zak Brown has claimed that the entire team was left feeling “sadness” and “disbelief”.
Sadness I understand, but disbelief? Surely not, given the start to the season they’ve had!
“Sadness, disappointment, just a kind of disbelief”, Brown said talking about the engine failure incident, “But you can’t cry over spilt milk so quickly you turn your attention to Stoffel’s car, and seeing what we learnt there.”
“I don’t know that reliability is getting worse because we haven’t had much reliability yet”, he said.
Fernando Alonso on the other hand felt absolutely none of the disbelief that his team felt.
“In a way it is not a surprise”, he said, “We couldn’t complete the formation lap on the Sunday in Russia and here we couldn’t manage to complete the out lap.
“It was more-or-less expected that we would have these problems right now, so it was a shame because here in front of the home people it’s frustrating.
“But at the end of the day we’ve had this year some good Fridays and Saturdays, but bad Sundays as we haven’t finished a race yet. But this one I have a feeling it will be a bad Friday and a good Saturday, good Sunday.”
Immediately after those shining words of optimism, Fernando left the circuit during the practice session to go and play a spot of tennis.
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Yeah. That happened.
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– Aditya Bhat.