Fernando Alonso said his McLaren’s Honda engine was behaving “strange” but was happy to finish Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after his qualifying disaster on Saturday.
Alonso reported unusual power delivery in the race after having reached the chequered flag behind teammate Jenson Button in 16th.
“Finishing the race was the first priority after some retirements,” said Alonso. “Unfortunately the car was not working 100 percent from the beginning with different power in different gears, so it was a little bit strange to drive sometimes, but hopefully we take some data for next year especially.
“Obviously we fitted a new engine and we didn’t have any laps to setup the engine. At least we finished the race, we take some data to analyse on the chassis side to keep moving forward and prepare for next year in a better way.”
Button claims “step forward”
Although he only finished one place ahead of Alonso in 15th, Button claimed his McLaren’s pace was better than expected.
“P15 is not great, but 12s off P10 which is probably closer than we expected,” said Button. “I actually had some good fights out there, but we know what our weaknesses are and we concentrated on our strengths.
“A reasonably enjoyable drive in the car and we’ve made a step forward. And when I’m at MTC on Tuesday, we’ll look at where we go from here. We’re moving forward.
“I wouldn’t have re-signed for the team if I didn’t have belief in Ron and his leadership, and also in Honda. I’m happy with the direction it’s going; you always want it quicker than it comes, but we’ve got to hope we do a better job than everyone else over the winter.”