Fernando Alonso: “The whole team is united and everyone is hugely motivated by the challenge ahead”
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finishing 12th and 14th respectively.
The MP4-30 appears to behave fairly well around the fast sweeps of the Shanghai International Circuit.
Jenson Button: “Able to mix it with the others”
Fernando Alonso: "The car feels consistent and easy to drive, and it’s giving me the confidence to push it to the limit."
Jenson Button is hoping that the “tireless” work going on at McLaren and Honda will allow him to make progress in this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Kevin Magnussen: "Finishing is a small victory for the team – I don’t think we expected to be able to do that."
Jenson Button: “It’s going to be a really difficult race for us – we haven’t done a race distance yet, and my longest run is 12 laps..."
Eric Boullier: "Looking back at the last four weeks, our winter test programme has been difficult."
Kevin Magnussen: "It’s good working with Honda, they’re a very enthusiastic team, you can feel they have a desire to succeed – they’re here to win."
The team did a fantastic job to replace the power-unit ahead of today’s session.
A hydraulic leak required a full power-unit change.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis insists there was no sign whatsoever that Fernando Alonso was electrocuted during his accident at Barcelona.
McLaren has joined fellow creditor Ferrari in helping the former Marussia team to survive.
McLaren now turn its attention to next week’s final pre-season test in Barcelona.
Jenson Button: "I still can’t comment on where the car will be when everything is running smoothly, as I haven’t had the chance to run it properly without meeting problems."