Alonso: Top six still in 'another league'

Alonso & his future in F1

Fernando Alonso moved up the order in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix Saturday as McLaren ran a heavily updated version of the MCL33, the new aerodynamic package catapulting the Spaniard into the top 10. "At the same time, I think it has been a very positive start to the season. And we need to keep chasing and closing that gap race after race". "We saved them with a lot of points on Sunday's with a little bit of luck and good races but from now we need to push the development and we need to bring new parts every single race".

But that still doesn't quite meet the high expectations McLaren faced after it made the switch from the troubled Honda engine to Renault. Now we need another to get close to the top teams.

The vehicle was not as fast as expected, especially in qualifying, and its top speeds were among the slowest on the grid.

Brown also said that it would be unfair to suggest the current auto is how the McLaren should have looked in Australia following the delay of a number of planned upgrades. "So it has been a very good start, in a way". He said he has kept his motivation throughout the winning drought and had some of his best races in the series despite not being able to win.

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McLaren's Fernando Alonso says he's happy after qualifying 8th for the Spanish GP but admits the team need to push on with development of the auto. "It's hard to see from the outside but extremely proud and motivated every time you do a one-off performance".

Fernando Alonso declared himself happy with the progress McLaren have made with their vehicle updates after securing their best qualifying result of the season at the Spanish GP.

Alonso is preparing for his home race at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya off the back of his debut win at last week's World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. "There's still a long way to go for us but at the same time we were here past year with zero points and now we are sixth and fourth in the world championship so in a way it's been a very good start".

Fernando Alonso was sixth quickest in FP1 while Stoffel Vandoorne ended both Friday sessions in ninth place, although both cars were comfortably over a second off the fastest time in the two sessions.

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