Malaysian GP: Power unit problems cause McLaren retirements

The McLaren Formula 1 team says problems with power unit components were to blame for the retirements of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in the Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysian GP: Power unit problems cause McLaren retirements

Button was stopped by a turbo problem, while Alonso was called into the pits after the team discovered an ERS cooling issue.

Despite not making the chequered flag, both drivers said they were hugely encouraged by their pace in the race and how close they had been to the midfield.

"We are actually racing people and closing on the pack in front," said Button. "In the last stint it was quite a lot of fun.

"You can see where the strengths and weaknesses are, and it is quite apparent compared to the Force India.

"But then you also compare us to the Sauber and even some of the quicker cars."

"Fighting with the pack is the important thing. It is what I enjoy and hopefully race by race we will start to pick them off.

"Finishing 13th or 14th is not important to me, it is more information collecting [right now]."

Alonso said McLaren's race pace was "better than expected" for him as well.

"To be able to run with the pack, even catching Red Bull at the end before the stops, was a nice surprise," he said.

"Maybe one point today was possible. The real positive thing is that we were able to run with everybody else, and were not just the last two cars fighting each other - this was the first step we had to do."

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