McLaren Honda were left to rue another frustrating qualifying session after Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso could only manage to qualify for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in 17th and 18th place respectively.
For the second race in succession neither Button nor Alonso were able to make it out of Q1. Alonso also suffered an ignition problem in Free Practice three on Saturday morning. McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier stated that he would hesitate to say that the team are disappointed with the outcome of qualifying.
The Frenchman commented saying that the team ‘were hoping for more’ as it looked like the team had made respectable improvements during the three practice’s sessions prior to this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Boullier also went on to praise the parity between Button and Alonso as he explained that it was precisely why the Woking based outfit hired them.
The Frenchman hopes that the data that the team collect from tomorrow’s race will help to close the gap to their rivals and knows that both drivers realise that it is of extreme importance that they finish the race after they both retired from the race in Malaysia last time out.
Alonso feels that the team are getting there and that they have made great progress since the first race of the season in Australia.
© Ben Johnston 2015