Alonso urges McLaren to kick on after season's best qualifying

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Fernando Alonso will take his "demanding" schedule, coupled with the predictable nature of Formula One, into consideration when he plots his future.

Brown also said that it would be unfair to suggest the current auto is how the McLaren should have looked in Australia following the delay of a number of planned upgrades.

"Fernando is one of the most complete drivers on the grid in terms of getting everything from the vehicle he drives, but we are not as far apart as it may sometimes appear".

Alonso said: "I am happy with that, P8 is a good position. But hopefully he will be with McLaren for a long time". "This is sad in a way for Formula I, the direction everything went". That work pushed back the introduction of a number of new parts, but in Barcelona McLaren ran with a radically updated nose and bargeboard assembly, and Brown said that the early signs are encouraging.

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"This package is making me happy, but in another way, this vehicle, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package - that delay, on the first improvement, and not having it at the first races, but having it here, has probably put us in a hard position in the first races".

Brown has also given his backing to Stoffel Vandoorne despite a hard start to 2018 for the Belgian in which he has failed to out-qualify Alonso for any of the five races.

"I'm attempting two world championships at the same time. Last year was a tricky year for him as a rookie, which actually I think will make him a better driver long-term dealing with that type of adversity".

For the first time this year, Alonso reached the top-ten shootout in the revamped MCL33 before qualifying in eighth. "I'm happy with the performance of the auto, it is better and quicker". We are the only team completing the full four races with both cars. "We can put on a paper now what will be the qualifying here on Saturday, what will be in Monaco, in Canada and in Silverstone, so that's something you need to take into account for future decisions. Let's see if that it is good or bad". Watch the Spanish GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 from May 11-13.

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