McLaren's Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso takes part in the tests for the new Formula One Grand Prix season at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona on March 9, 2018. / AFP / LLUIS GENE
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McLaren, a proud Formula One team, hoped to put an end to three years of misery using Honda-made motors by ditching the Japanese engines and partnering with Renault.McLaren continued to struggle despite the change to Renault engines during two weeks of preseason testing in Spain, which ended Friday.Technical mishaps limited McLaren to the fewest laps of the 10 teams running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.McLaren logged 599 total laps over eight days. Toro Rosso, meanwhile, seemed to be adapting well after switching from Renault to Honda motors, making it increasingly clear that McLaren's woes were not all caused by its old engine. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier acknowledged the preseason hadn't given the team's fans a reason to believe in a rebound.He couldn't even guarantee McLaren will put a race-ready car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25 .
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