Former McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has said that McLaren can't be written off heading into the 2011 season, despite a poor pre-season. Alonso has insisted that McLaren shouldn't be under estimated with the new MP4-26.
McLaren have had a difficult start to pre-season testing with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both struggling in Barcelona.
A poor pre-season has traditionally spelled a troubled season for teams. With the 2009 season a prime example for McLaren.
However, Alonso pointed out that the problems associated with the new car were due to the vastly different driving styles of the two drivers (Hamilton and Button).
"I think not because Formula One is dominated by aerodynamics," Alonso said. "For example, if a wind tunnel predicts a gain of a tenth of a second, that is valid for Alonso, Massa, Hamilton, Button and all the others, regardless of driving style of each"
"Maybe the tyres are all that matters in terms of having to adapt your way of driving."
The excitement continues to build for the season opening race at the Australian Grand Prix.