Cape Town - New upgrades are on the horizon for McLaren, but Fernando
Alonso has warned that there is "no magic bullet" to come.
McLaren have made a much better start to the season compared
to years previously with Honda power, but they are still some way off competing
with the big three teams, including Red Bull who run with the same engine as
the Woking team.
Expectations were initially high about the upgrade package
that McLaren were bringing to Spain yet, slowly but surely, those expectations
are being lowered.
"I know we have some developments in the
pipeline," Alonso said.
"But we also know there is no magic bullet that will
propel us to the front of the grid overnight.
"There has been a lot of work happening at the factory
and there is still a lot of work to do - so in Barcelona it’s a chance to
evaluate some new things, see where we are, and determine the direction that we
take with car development as we progress through the season.
"As always, and especially after the battle we fought
in Baku, I’m really looking forward to pushing hard on track again this weekend
in front of my home fans.”
Racing director Eric Boullier added that the upgrades are
part of a season-long commitment to develop the MCL33.
"Like most teams, we’re planning to bring some new
parts to the car to test on Friday and decide which of these to take forward
into the rest of the weekend, and the coming races," Boullier added.
"While for logistical reasons Barcelona was the most
logical time to implement these, it’s part of a season-long plan to develop the
car as we always do until the final race."