The British team have arrived in Melbourne in crisis after a poor pre-season in which they encountered a number of reliability issues with their Honda engine.
McLaren completed fewer laps than any other team during eight days of testing and they were off the pace too, with their sluggish Honda engine significantly slower than its competitors.
Fernando Alonso says McLaren need a miracle
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“I’m sure the team worked very hard in the last couple of weeks to improve the situation and arrive a little bit more ready to compete here,” said Alonso.
“But in Formula One there are no miracles in two weeks so I expect a difficult weekend.”
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