Fernando Alonso was in a positive mood about his McLaren-Honda's potential despite completing just six laps on the first day of F1 testing in Jerez.

Most eyes were on the Spaniard and his new Honda-powered McLaren MP4-30 as F1 testing got underway in Spain, but - after a late roll-out onto the circuit - he could only complete six slow laps before returning to the garage, where it would remain for the rest of the day.

A recurrence of the issues that blighted Honda when it returned with its power unit in November's Abu Dhabi test - when it managed only a handful of laps -, Alonso was unconcerned about the lack of mileage, pointing out that Honda is experiencing the teething issues its rivals suffered with its new power units twelve months ago.

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"[It went] More or less it went as expected," he said. "A slow start, but we saw last year it was for teams to complete laps on the first couple of days. This is complex technology we have in F1, today we need time, we have to learn a lot of things in the car because we start work on mileage. The car design is quite aggressive and quite innovative so we have things to discover there slowly.

"I would like to do more laps after waiting for two months - six laps is not enough - but we are all happy and excited inside the garage. It was an amazing atmosphere on the first laps, especially as McLaren is coming back with Honda, and I felt so privileged to complete the first lap today. A lot of things to work on, but I believe in the project. Lots to do but with a positive approach."

Alonso will hand the car over to Jenson Button for the second day of testing tomorrow.