Today was a largely problem-free day for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team as free practice began at Suzuka, the venerated home of Honda and the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Woking based squad spent the two ninety minute sessions evaluating new components.
Spanish racer Fernando Alonso suffered a minor spin during FP1, but he still managed to gather useful data, which will be duly crunched this evening ahead of tomorrow’s important qualifying session.
“It’s been a tough day, generally. Our most important objective for this afternoon was to understand the compounds across the length of a long-run, and we did that. Nonetheless, we’re not yet happy with the set-up and we need to do some more work this evening,” he said.
“We’re still investigating the cause of this morning’s spin – it looks like there were some aerodynamic issues with the rear wing. Luckily, we didn’t damage the car and could continue running until the end of FP1."
“We need to find something extra tonight – let’s just hope it doesn’t rain in FP3 tomorrow as we need to understand the changes we make tonight ahead of qualifying and the race. Getting into Q3 could be quite difficult now.”