McLaren-Honda F1 heads into the 2017 Formula 1 season on the back of a pair of hard preseason tests. I'm happy with the balance, I'm happy with how I attack the corner.
"We are not completing our programme and we are not doing the laps that we plan every morning, and we are missing some information with the lack of laps".
"Let's say that we are not matching our expectations, and we are not as fast as we wanted to be in this winter testing". The last two saw four red flags split evenly between Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, giving the Barcelona track plenty of practice at retrieving cars.
Ahead of the works Anglo-Japanese collaboration's third consecutive season, it is clear patience is running out as Honda struggle once again to supply a competitive and reliable power unit.
"Now there's problems in the vehicle that we have not exactly discovered yet".
Despite Alonso's scathing criticism of Honda, the 35-year-old has insisted he still believes he can win with McLaren and has no intention of walking away from F1.
"The problems we're facing now are probably a bit unexpected and it's not ideal, but this is the situation so we can't sit still and do nothing".
With one day of testing remaining, Vandoorne said logging more laps consecutively has to be McLaren's priority. "Everything feels good, but you don't know what is going to happen when you arrive at normal speed". "The team will be fully ready to compete in Australia in a good level, and the only question mark is how much power we will have". From the analysis we can do compared to the other cars, around the corners we don't lose time in nearly all corners, but we're 30 /40 kph down in every single straight. "When people go pessimistic, I go optimistic".
"The last two years were hard for us, but we've seen quite a bit of progress throughout which was encouraging", he said. I don't know at which point.
"What I am seeing now is really the opposite, more than ever this year and this winter". It brings me more motivation to continue and to win, because I will not stop racing without a good feeling, and a good result that I think I deserve. Today they have a lot of information from the last two years, so I think they already have the answer to all the problems they've seen and experienced until now with the info they got from the last two years. "So now it's time to attack". At least the new McLaren road cars look cool. "For us, almost all the corners are flat".