Alonso: McLaren 'getting stronger and stronger'
23 August 2017 – Fernando Alonso reckons McLaren-Honda is "getting stronger and stronger" as the 2017 season progresses, but is wary that the team faces a challenge at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
McLaren began the campaign on the backfoot amid a lack of reliability and performance from Honda's revised power unit concept, and did not score points until the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The introduction of Honda's Spec 3 power unit has lifted McLaren's performance, with Alonso taking sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading the midfield charge in the process.
Alonso is confident that McLaren can improve further over the next phase of the season, but added a note of caution that the power-hungry Spa-Francorchamps circuit is unlikely to suit its package.
"It's a great feeling to come back feeling rested, relaxed and recharged, and ready to go again for the second half of the season," explained Alonso.
"Spa is incredible – for many of us it's one of our favourite tracks. It's got a legendary reputation and it's totally deserved.
"As the season goes on we're getting stronger and stronger, and I hope the second half of the year will bring us some more points-earning finishes.
"This race is a difficult challenge for the whole team – the engineers and the mechanics – as you're on the throttle for almost three-quarters of the lap, which makes it's a tough circuit for both the car and the driver.
"We know we'll have to work hard to get any kind of result there, but it's a long lap and there are plenty of overtaking opportunities, so we'll keep pushing to get everything we can from the weekend."
Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa added: "We see Spa-Francorchamps as a challenging circuit for us with its power-hungry features.
"However, we will try our best to have a good race and maintain the momentum we acquired in Hungary."