home icon / F1 News, Reports and Results / Trouble-free day still leaves McLaren-Honda exposed

Trouble-free day still leaves McLaren-Honda exposed

© XPB 

McLaren and Stoffel Vandoorne's test day was spared any drama which in itself should be hailed as a major event following the team's dismal reliability and performance to date.

While Oliver Turvey managed only 17 laps yesterday, Vandoorne clocked in with 82 laps, more than his total amount of race laps this year.

But team boss Eric Boullier insists that the trouble-free day only complicates Honda's task of getting to the bottom of its MGU-H problem which can pop up at anytime, without warning.

"It's very difficult to understand what's going on," he contested.

"We obviously changed the MGU-H four times and yesterday morning, two laps, MGU-H gone, changed the engine, did 17 laps yesterday.

"This morning we had a small alert but we couldn't find anything wrong physically on the car and then since then we've run faultlessly, without any problems.

"So I think it's going to be complicated for Honda to understand what's wrong, it could maybe be coming from some batch problems.

"I don't believe it is a car build problem but we can't find what's wrong... We can do two laps or we can do two days."

Regardless, Vandoorne's time behind the wheel of the MCL32 was still put to good use with regard to advancing knowledged and collecting data.

"We had good days last year as well I think. But today we are following the test plan and a lot of information has been understood and solutions tested on the car.

"So a very good test in terms of data and results."

GALLERY: All the action from the Day 2 in-season testing at Bahrain

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter