Fernando Alonso insists McLaren's F1 reliability issues are over

  • Alonso optimistic despite McLaren problems in testing
  • Team switched to Renault engine after problems with Honda

Fernando Alonso has played down reliability concerns about the new Renault-powered McLaren, saying problems that arose during pre-season testing have been fixed and the car will be “100%” ready for Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

After switching to the Renault power unit last September following three gloomy years with Honda, McLaren suffered more glitches and completed fewer laps on the test track than any other team. However Alonso, who considered quitting Formula One last year as McLaren slumped to ninth in the constructors’ championship, said the car’s gremlins had been banished.

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