McLaren's lack of running on the opening day of testing in Abu Dhabi was the result of a fuel data-logging issue which it hopes to fix by Wednesday.

Stoffel Vandoorne managed just three laps with the new Honda power unit, stopping on track on his second installation lap. While admitting the team is behind schedule, Vandoorne said it's a bonus for the team to be able to get such problems out of the way in 2014.

"We'd hoped to get a few more laps under our belts today, but we had a fuel data-logging issue that stopped the car a couple of times," Vandoorne said. "However, the team are already analysing the situation and we'll hopefully cure it ahead of tomorrow.

"Nevertheless, it's been a very positive day for us. At this stage of development, any lap we complete has a benefit - and it's better to be solving these initial teething problems in November rather than in Jerez next February. I've already given the team some useful feedback.

"The purpose of this test is to enable the engineers to deepen their knowledge of the McLaren and Honda collaboration. This is their first time working together at the track, and - operationally - it's all a bit different."

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said the team and Honda will be able to learn from the issues faced on Tuesday.

"Running a modern Formula 1 car is a very complicated procedure - and this week's test is all about how the departments at Sakura, Milton Keynes and Woking learn to work with the operational hub at the circuit," Boullier said.

"This test is an opportunity for us to build up that operational strength; to get McLaren and Honda working together under the same roof. We encountered a number of issues, including a lengthy check of electrical installations this morning, but it's satisfying to see that we got the engine fired up, the car out of the garage, and some laps on the board in the afternoon.

"We're not chasing laptimes this week, it's just about gradually expanding our knowledge. Tomorrow will hopefully be all about conducting longer runs as we learn about different parts of the engine, and run through each separate system."


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