As the 2017 Formula One season inches closer to the first race in Australia, the first testing day for teams in Barcelona has arrived. It's the first time many of the teams and drivers get to feel out the all-new-for-2017 cars, and prepare for the upcoming series. For some manufacturers—like Ferrari and Mercedes—it was a successful day of testing. But for others, it was a reminder there's still work to be done.
The worst news to emerge from day one of testing comes from the McLaren garage. reports Fernando Alonso was only able to complete a single lap before having to return to the pits thanks to an oil system issue troubling his Honda powerplant. The part failure requires several hours to fix, eating away at the time Alonso will have to acclimate to his new ride.
Six hours later, Alonso returned to the circuit, only to encounter even more engine problems. He's completed two laps in total so far, and judging by the state of his car, that's probably all the seat time he'll get today.
McLaren wasn't the only team to have problems, though. Red Bull ran into a sensor issue causing its new RB13 to shut down on track at the hands of Daniel Ricciardo, prompting a red flag for the session. Haas also found trouble in the form of a stalled car at the pit lane entry with Kevin Magnussen at the wheel. Fortunately, the team was able to roll it back into the garage before anything else went wrong.
If this morning's testing sessions are any indication of what we'll see in the upcoming season, then we might be seeing more of the same. Only time will tell.