Fernando Alonso crashes out in opening hour of pre-season test

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Alonso provided the first headline of the 2018 season when a loose wheel nut forced him spin out into the gravel trap and sustain light damage to his MCL33 after just 10 laps.

"The design, engineering and aerodynamic departments have done an incredible job delivering a new auto with a new power unit in an extremely short timeframe".

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren's Renault partnership has "huge potential" after completing a half-century of laps on the new MCL33's full testing debut.

The Woking-based team had set a target of 100 laps per day at the Circuit de Catalunya after three terrible seasons with Honda. We never took the easy route or looked to shortcut a process or a solution; and the result is a auto that is neat and well-resolved.

"We have a close working relationship and everyone has worked very hard in the off-season. It's a very good start".

Racing director Eric Boullier, described the experience in the "Grand Prix Driver" documentary as "physically and mentally painful" and openly expressed concern that his star driver might walk out.

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"We can not test like this", the team's double world champion Fernando Alonso, who was all smiles after giving the new MCL33 a shakedown on home asphalt in northern Spain last Friday, commented over the radio. "We have to understand first where we are".

After losing the majority of the morning session as McLaren investigated the incident and repaired the Spaniard's vehicle, Alonso has shrugged off the headline-grabbing crash as a small problem with big consequences in terms of media attention.

"We kept the motivation very high, I think the team is stronger now than three years ago".

"We never took the easy route or looked to shortcut a process or a solution; and the result is a auto that is neat and well-resolved", stated Boullier. While it'll be Alonso's fourth consecutive season with McLaren, Stoffel will look forward to make a mark in his second Season of F1. There are six teams in the garage with the door closed with the vehicle in pieces, but no one sees - there are no pictures of that.

"We had an issue in the auto and we lost two hours but you know that there are other guys with your engine running so any information about driveability issues, deployment issues, they will face the same and maybe find a solution", Alonso said. "Everything felt good", he told Sky Sports television.

"There are a lot of teams with trouble, big trouble, and for us with a wheelnut it will make the thing of the day".

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