Mar.5 (GMM/ McLaren-Honda is determined to reach the top step of the podium “as soon as possible”.

That is the claim of team boss Eric Boullier, after a troubled winter for the new British-Japanese collaboration.

McLaren-Honda has struggled simply to run its new MP4-30, and now its star driver Fernando Alonso has been sidelined with injury.

But Frenchman Boullier says the team nonetheless managed to get through some of its test programme.

“We have done what we had to do in view of the situation and the time we had,” he told the French magazine Auto Hebdo.

“The aero objectives were achieved, the chassis objectives were achieved, as were those of suspension and cooling systems.

“It is true,” Boullier admitted, “that we have not covered the ideal number of kilometers and it did interfere with the development of the car.

“But we must remain ambitious,” he added. “Our challenge remains to win as soon as possible.”