McLaren’s 2019 Formula 1 car is ‘step forward in every aspect’ says Alonso

first_imgDouble Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso tested McLaren’s 2019 car for the first time on Tuesday and declared it a step up on the one he raced last year before leaving the sport.The 37-year-old Spaniard last drove a Formula One car in November but he was at the Bahrain circuit in a tyre testing role as well as to get a feel for the new car and provide feedback.2 days of fun testing the Toyota Hilux. Thanks to all the Toyota South Africa team for these days and good luck this season!! #Toyota #southafrica @toyota_sa @Toyota_Hybrid Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 28, 2019″The car is a step forward in every aspect from last year,” he said. “The car has more grip, it’s less draggy on the straights, the engine is a step better, so overall as a package the car is going in the right direction and we’re closer to the front.”We saw in the first two races that there is still another step to make if you want to compete with the top three teams, but as a first step I think it’s a good baseline and there’s a good programme of development.”Former champions McLaren scored their first points of the season in Bahrain last Sunday when British rookie Lando Norris finished sixth. The 19-year-old has qualified in the top-10 in both his races so far.Saddened to find out that this was our last glimpse of Fernando #Alonso as a #Formula1 driver at our circuit! #F1 #McLaren Bahrain Int. Circuit (@BAH_Int_Circuit) August 14, 2018Spaniard Carlos Sainz has suffered two retirements but qualified seventh in Bahrain.Champions Mercedes have had one-two finishes in both races with Ferrari and Red Bull also on the podium.Also Read | Formula One: Sebastian Vettel’s fifth Ferrari season draws Michael Schumacher comparisonsAlso Read | Formula One: Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in BahrainAlao Read | Bahrain GP: Lucky Hamilton grabs first win after Leclerc’s Ferrari faces engine troubleAlso Watch | Sebastian Vettel breaks Ferrari’s F1 drought with victory at Australian Grand Prixlast_img

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