MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MCL32 on track during the final day of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 10, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The last day of testing for the McLaren Honda team became another tricky day for the Woking based squad. Unfortunately they encountered the same electrical issue despite having replaced the parts under investigation on Thursday night. This meant that a significant amount of Friday’s test was spent trying to identify what was causing the car to lose power.

The result was a challenging day that forced them to veer off their run plan, but they managed to recover somewhat in the afternoon and complete some valuable sections of their test programme with Fernando Alonso at the wheel

The winter test as a whole has been tough for them, however, it’s also true that the team has worked incredibly hard to make progress. They still have some more time before Melbourne so they will continue to work tirelessly right up until they board the plane for Australia.

”This was not the way we’d hoped to conclude the final day of pre-season testing,” said Eric Boullier. “Thursday’s electrical issues persisted, prompting us to make regular changes to the car throughout the day in order to identify what has been causing the car to lose power intermittently. Although we’ve suffered a number of issues over the course of two weeks of testing, we’ve certainly learned a lot about the car, and we know the problems that need to be addressed.”

"Plainly speaking, they aren’t overnight fixes, but we’re hopeful both McLaren and Honda will be able to make progress on them ahead of Australia in two short weeks.”

“The guys and girls in the team have worked tirelessly and relentlessly to keep moving us forward day -by-day, and I’m incredibly proud and appreciative of the hard work and determination shown within the team. It’s not been an easy testing period for us by any stretch, but we’re as motivated as ever to turn it around and find the solutions we need to get us back on track and headed in the direction we need to go.”