Fernando Alonso says it is crucial that McLaren continues its positive momentum by taking another step forward at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix.
McLaren struggled to string just a handful of consecutive laps together during pre-season testing, but the team has made great strides since the season opener, when Jenson Button came home two laps down.
Alonso narrowly missed out on the team’s first points of the year in Bahrain, finishing 11th, but he says it is important that McLaren pushes on as the European leg of the campaign kicks off.
“I’m incredibly happy to be heading back to Europe, to my home country and racing in front of the loyal Spanish fans,” he said.
“We’ve taken some useful steps forward during the flyaway races and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car after the three-week break and continuing our push.
“We are seeing improvements race by race, and I want to ensure that we maintain this consistency throughout this weekend.
“It will be very difficult, as other teams will also have been working hard to develop their cars too, but I’m hopeful that the start of the European season will be positive for us and allow us to carry momentum into the next few races.
Despite the McLaren’s current position, Alonso admits it will be special to race in front of the Spanish fans.
“I really enjoy driving on this circuit – it’s high-speed and really tests the balance of the car, so we’ll be working to get that right as soon as we get out on track.
“There’s a huge amount of positivity in the team and all of us are working hard for better results in each race.
“Although we won’t be fighting for victory in Barcelona, I know I can count on the support of the fans to bring even more motivation during the whole weekend, which will be very special.”
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