ALL SMILES DESPITE PERFORMANCE: Fernando Alonso says he will remain positive though doubts whether McLarens will perform well in China. Image: AFP / Greg Baker
SHANGHAI, China - Mc-Laren-Honda team members, as well as champion drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button extolled the progress made since Australia at the 2015 Malaysian GP.
According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, an actual number has been put on the improvement of the burgeoning Honda engine - 20kW.
But "We are still over 100hp behind," a McLaren team member is quoted as saying.
The team has also been pressing ahead with car developments that were delayed due to the constant stream of reliability issues.
Auto Motor und Sport said the MP4-30 is now sporting a new nose, 'S-duct', floor and sidepods.
McLaren is expecting its progress to be hidden this weekend (race on Sunday April 12) by Shanghai's long straights and cold weather.
Alonso said: "I don't think our package will be as well suited here as it was in Malaysia."
Team boss Eric Boullier said the second race of the forthcoming double-header, in Bahrain, is also unlikely to suit the 2015 package.
Boullier said: "We are fully aware that the next two races probably won't show quite the same rate of improvement as we witnessed at Sepang."
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