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F1 2015

It’s here. It is upon us. The long and arduous winter where the long dark nights are filled with designers final touches, wind-tunnels maxing out into overdrive and drivers preparing and training in exotic climes are finally at an end. The 2015 season is almost here.

The speculation over teams (re)joining the grid, financial security and chassis ability will all be resolved, or at least become somewhat clearer on Sunday evening. The yardstick will have been well and truly thrown and the gauntlet set down by some to actively aim at beating over the course of the long season, which finalises in November.

The renewed McLaren Honda partnership has had a slow and solemn berth over the three winter test sessions in the south of Spain. There a several issues, more relating to the electrics and overall packaging of the power unit within the MP4-30. The chassis itself is aerodynamically sound, the drivers have expressed confidence in the cars ability to steer and corner, always a major plus. Australia will be the first time the McLaren will be run in anger, and don’t expect that to be until the Qualifying session on Saturday. The weather is good and the circuit has always been favourable to the Woking squad. The street-like track allows for cars with excellent traction and high-speed cornering ability to excel.

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We should expect to see a slow start for the McLaren Honda. The team will be keen to try and get as many installation laps in as possible, in order to ascertain whether particular parts of the chassis and the power unit are working together. We may even see a lack of running toward the end of the first free practice session on Friday, to make sure that the Honda power unit is not compromised and therefore requiring a change in between sessions, something which will have a negligible effect on the teams programme.

The weather is expected to remain sunny and warm for the entire weekend, so we can rule out a classic Jenson Button style inter-changeable conditions victory here. The overall aim for the squad is to run the weekend as reliably as possible, and score as many points in a race which normally has a high attrition rate. The Albert Park race should not be too large a problem for Alonso not to be a part of, although his presence will be missed, especially with new recruit Andrea Stella waiting for his prompt arrival in Sepang

The word McLaren Honda will want to hear after this weekend:  ‘Dark-horse’.

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Jenson completes Jerez Test

Jenson Button finished McLaren’s testing schedule at Jerez on Wednesday. The world champion managed a total of 35 laps and a lap time of 1m27.660 before an issue set in. A fuel required changing so late in the afternoon that there was not enough time to complete the repair and exit the pits, so the team completed the test early.

Button pushed into the pits

Button pushed into the pits

There have been promising signs of improvement from the MP4-30. In the afternoon, the team even decided to focus on aerodynamic development. Meanwhile Alonso left the south of Spain to go for some winter mountain training, in order to extend his fitness.

The next test gets under way in Barcelona on the 19th of February.

Alonso ramps up the mileage

Fernando Alonso completed 32 laps on his last day of testing at the Jerez circuit. The test is being used by McLaren and Honda as a time to get some serious laps in, in order to bed in the new partnership ahead of the 2015 F1 season. Alonso left the garage immediately in the morning and managed to even complete a 10 lap run whilst the track was still damp, after overnight rain, as a result his quickest time of a 1m35.553 was unrepresentative.

Jenson Button with a cup of tea

Jenson Button with a cup of tea

Jenson Button was in the garage watching the teams progress. Unfortunately the session came to an end early in the afternoon after a water leak was discovered. The issue required the chassis to be taken apart and the power unit removed, bringing to an end a positive day. Jenson Button takes over the car for the last day of the test tomorrow.

Video: Jenson Button

Here’s a video of Jenson Button cruising down the start/finish straight on Day 2 of the Jerez test:

Jenson gets his first laps

Jenson Button had his first run out in the McLaren Honda at Jerez today. The MP4-30 only managed a total of six laps, due to some ancillary issues and rain late in the day halting progress. The Briton completed six laps in the car, with an unrepresentative time of 1m54.655.

Fernando Alonso will take control of the car for tomorrows running, the third day of the four day test.

McLaren-Honda’s First Run

Check out the sounds to the new Honda engine in this clip from Jerez today, as Fernando Alonso went out of the garage and on to the circuit for the first time in his MP4-30.

McLaren Honda completes first laps

The MP4-30 has completed it first laps as the new partnership between McLaren and Honda began at the Jerez circuit. Fernando Alonso managed six installation laps of the track as the team and engine manufacturer begin to work with each other. Alonso ended the day with an unrepresentative time of 1m40.738.

Alonso leaves the garage

         Alonso leaves the garage

There were some electronic issues throughout the afternoon, which meant the car had to remain in the garage, however, there are high hopes for a successful day tomorrow when Jenson Button takes over the steering wheel.

After the running, McLaren boss Ron Dennis also alluded to a change of livery for the MP4-30 in the coming weeks.