Areas of McLaren’s 2019 F1 car are “surpringly good”, according to former driver-turned team ambassador Fernando Alonso.
Fernando Alonso says McLaren’s 2019 Formula 1 car is already “surprisingly good” in some ways and believes the team is heading in the right direction ahead of the new season.
The two-time world champion has taken on a new role as team ambassador for McLaren following his departure from F1 to seek new challenges in other categories after four frustrating years of uncompetitive machinery.
Alonso, who will test McLaren’s 2019 F1 car this year, was encouraged by the early signs coming from the MCL34 as he attended the second pre-season test in Barcelona, in what marked his first official appearance in his new position.
“I think we are learning a lot,” Alonso said. “Even last week I was in contact with the team and I was aware of the debriefs and all the small problems and issues that we were finding.
“I think this week we confirmed the picture of the car so I think there are a couple of areas they need to revise and they need to keep developing to improve the performance.
“Some others are surprisingly good so they are happy with the results and generally I think it has been a very positive two weeks. It is not perfect yet but the direction is the right one.”
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