"[I'm] definitely happy with the step forward for this race", Alonso said. "P8 is a good position, I've been P13 the last three qualifying sessions", two-time world champion Alonso told Sky Sports F1.
"Yeah, I'm definitely happy (with the upgrades)". "There's still a long way to go for us but at the same time we were here a year ago 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".
"Probably the downside of this position is still the gap to the top six". At least the positive note is that everything we brought for the auto works as expected. This vehicle was supposed to be the Australian GP package but we have brought it here to Spain.
Although it was pleasing for Fernando Alonso to make it through to his first top ten shootout of the season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday, he feels the gap to the leading three teams is still too big, with the Spaniard ending more than one and a half seconds off polesitter Lewis Hamilton. It's a step in the right direction and we need to keep improving like this in the next races. "Now we need to bring more things as quickly as possible".
Fernando Alonso declared himself happy with the progress McLaren have made with their vehicle updates after securing their best qualifying result of the season at the Spanish GP. "At the same time, I think it has been a very positive start to the season. We saved them with a lot of points on Sunday's with a little bit of luck and good races but from now we need to push the development and we need to bring new parts every single race".
"I recover on average six places on the Grand Prix, so with that tomorrow, who knows", he smiled.
Alonso has yet to reach the third stage of qualifying this season but has still picked up 28 points, leaving him in sixth position in the overall standings. They reset what has happened in the first races and they come here and they expect you to win and deliver the result.
"I have to start with the reds because I did Q2 with the reds, but if it rains tomorrow we'll all start with intermediates or wets and everything that happened today doesn't count much".