MCLAREN BACK ON TRACK? Fernando Alonso says that McLaren will be more competitive at the 2015 Spanish GP Image: AFP / Greg Baker
Fernando Alonso says the new McLaren-Honda project is now on the verge of being able to score points.
Yasuhisa Arai, the F1 boss of the struggling Japanese manufacturer Honda, told Speed Week: "We did not have a good start to the season.
"The path to the summit is steep. But we have left base camp now."
HEADED FOR BARCELONA
Although an awful weekend of reliability in Bahrain for Jenson Button meant he could not even take to the grid, teammate Alonso left the island Kingdom declaring that Q3 is the target for Barcelona.
McLaren and Honda are preparing significant upgrades for the first European race of the season.
Alonso was quoted by El Confidencial: "We are on the verge of points now and hopefully it will be in Spain or Monaco, where the engine matters less."
Arai, meanwhile, insisted the disastrous start of Honda's return to F1 has not resulted in sackings: "No, that's not true. We are still working with the same people."
Any talk of a sudden leap from points to the podium, however, is premature for now.
Arai said: "A podium would be a wish or a hope. We have only four races behind us and 15 opportunities laying ahead.
"We will begin to score later in the season on a regular basis."
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