Alonso hopeful over McLaren upgrades

Fernando Alonso hopes McLaren's latest upgrades will allow him and Jenson Button to be competitive at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

In the opening four races of the 2016 Formula One season, McLaren have only picked up 10 points - Alonso scoring eight of those in Russia - while both drivers have also suffered one retirement apiece.

Alonso's performance last time out in Sochi raised morale ahead of his home race in Barcelona, and with new updates on his McLaren the two-time world champion has his sights set on more points. 

"As always, reliability is a priority first and foremost, but I hope that the upgrades we'll test on Friday will see us continue to push race by race, and allow us to keep fighting towards the front alongside our rivals in the midfield," said the Spaniard.

"We're still learning a lot about our package as we visit each track, so it's useful that we already have a lot of data from testing there that we can use to understand its characteristics and how our car will react to them."

A strong performance in qualifying will be vital if Alonso is to achieve another top-10 position, with the 34-year-old acknowledging overtaking can be difficult on race day.

He added: "Our performance in qualifying is something we're working on all the time, to give us the best chance in the race. Getting into Q3 will certainly be difficult at this track, but, with the Spanish fans behind me, that's got to be our aim.

"It's notoriously difficult to overtake in Barcelona, so it's important to get a good start and stay out of trouble on the first lap. After that, it's a case of getting the strategy right, managing the tyre wear and maximising performance at the right times."

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