Alonso fast in maiden test

Fri, 22 December 2006, 11:53

An unnamed engineer has hailed Fernando Alonso’s performance in his maiden test for McLaren at Jerez last week.

For the back to back world champion’s first laps in a silver single seater, the Spanish newspaper Diario As said 25-year-old Alonso almost instantly matched teammate Lewis Hamilton’s pace around the circuit in Andalusia.

The newspaper also reported that Alonso always used roughly the same amount of fuel as rookie Hamilton, and by the end of the day had started to adjust the setup of the ’06-spec MP4-21.

The engineer said: “Fernando did a great job.

“He was very professional and methodical, and he made no mistakes, which is exactly what the team had hoped from someone like him.

“And his times were fast — very fast.”

McLaren-Mercedes’ new F1 car will be unveiled at Valencia on 15 January.


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