No fireworks from new engine so far, as team logs laps with brand new MP4-30 contender.
Fernando Alonso returned to the cockpit of a McLaren today, but as expected it was tough going for the two-time world champion in the first day of official testing at Jerez in Spain.
After a series of installation laps, he has so far produced one flying laptime, which is almost 18 seconds off the pace – which is being set by, ironically, Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari he has exited.
Alonso has already completed more laps, however, than the team managed in the entire Abu Dhabi test at the end of last year. Jenson Button will take over from him behind the wheel tomorrow.