McLaren say a wheel nut problem caused Fernando Alonso’s spin just six laps into the first test session of the new season.
A right-rear wheel failure pitched Alonso off at the final corner at the Circuit de Catalunya. The team had Alonso’s car back on track before the lunch break.
“We had a wheel nut issue,” explained the team’s group executive director Zak Brown.
“It’s what testing is for. I think all the teams will have a variety of issues throughout testing, it’s exactly what it’s for. We’ll lose very little time. No big deal at all.”
The team is under particularly intense scrutiny as it seeks to recover from a poor 2017 campaign which led it to split from power unit supplier Honda. However Brown said the surprise setback had caused “no drama” at the team.
“In the garage everyone’s quite relaxed, getting on with it. It’s quite an easy fix that we’re doing to get back out on track.”
“I think this team’s quite used to having public pressure and having eyes on us. We enjoy that. We like to step up to the plate and thrive on the opportunity. We’re not feeling any added pressure that we don’t already put on ourselves.”
Alonso’s setback limited him to just 10 laps during the morning’s running at the track, the fewest of any driver.
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