Fernando Alonso believes that the next two Formula 1 races in Spain and Monaco offer important opportunities to McLaren thanks to the less power-intensive nature of the circuits.
Alonso scored his first points of the 2016 season in Russia two weeks ago as McLaren enjoyed one of its strongest showings since rekindling its partnership with Honda at the beginning of 2015.
Alonso arrives in Spain for his home grand prix hopeful of scoring more points, believing that the deficit of the Honda power unit will be less damaging in Spain and at the next race in Monaco.
“We are getting better and stronger, but are still missing a bit of power,” Alonso told the official F1 website.
“My guess, and hope, is that at tracks like Barcelona and Monaco where power is not so essential, we have a chance to deliver an extra good performance.
“So the next two races are really important for us, and that finally Q3 is coming our way, for the first time with this project. Yes, we’ve been pretty close at times, so I hope that here and in Monaco it will happen.
“And from now on points should be our normal target, not the surprise. Out of the points should now be the surprise.”
Alonso confirmed that McLaren has brought a raft of aerodynamic updates to Spain, and is hopeful that they can give him an uptake in pace.
“All aerodynamics – on the front and rear wing and on the floor,” Alonso said of the updates.
“We need to test all of them to see what will be implemented.
“Hopefully we will see a good surprise on Saturday morning.”