"I'm happy - we were P13 in the last few qualifying sessions, so P8 today is definitely a step forward".
Reliability issues during pre-season testing limited McLaren's running and left the team needing to make modifications to its auto ahead of the opening race in Australia. We just need new parts as soon as possible and to keep going in this direction.
"Every Spanish Grand Prix is special, and there are always a lot of emotions when you go out there and feel all the support", he said. At least the positive note is that everything we brought for the auto works as expected.
"Hopefully I will put on a good show for the fans tomorrow".
Directing his attention to the race, Alonso is hoping to benefit from a "chaotic" wet race, with forecasts putting the chance of rain at 50 per cent. We can put in the paper now what would be the qualifying here on Saturday, what it would be in Monaco, what it would be in Silverstone. The tyre selection was not an easy one to decide. This auto was supposed to be the Australian GP package but we have brought it here to Spain.
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All this not because she is incapable - she is the opposite of that - but because her training had to be fast tracked. The reports suggest North India has warmed up to the film much better than the rest of the zones in the country.
He added: "Probably the downside of this position is still the gap, with the top six, they are in another league". "So what we expected to see as far as improvement, we are seeing". "There's still a long way to go for us but at the same time we were here previous 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".
"Definitely I think this package is making me happy".
Eric Boullier: "Today's result is an important validation of the enormous amount of hard work that is being put in behind the scenes to move closer to the competition ahead of us".
The McLaren F1 Team racer will start eighth on the grid on Sunday, missing out on seventh to Kevin Magnussen by less than a tenth of a second, but after missing out on the top ten in the opening four races of the season, Alonso feels the team has made a step forward this weekend.
"So it is just initial findings - the drivers are happy and feel like we've progressed, the engineers are happy and feel like we've progressed", Brown said. They reset what has happened in the first races and they come here and they expect you to win and deliver the result.