Cape Town - Fernando Alonso may have lost out to both Haas and Renault
in Sunday's Spanish GP but the McLaren driver reckons his team's upgrades have
closed the gap.
Racing a heavily revised MCL33 in Spain last weekend,
Alonso's McLaren caught the eye as it sported an unusual nose job and other
The upgrades did the job with Alonso making it into Q3 for
the first time this season.
He posted a 1:18.480 to qualify in eight place, 0.045s
behind Haas' Kevin Magnussen and 0.069s ahead of Renault driver Carlos Sainz.
He did, however, lose out to both in the grand prix.
"We knew that the upgrades would put ourselves in a
better position in the midfield pack," said Alonso.
"We did a good step.
"We were eight tenths behind Renault in Baku, nine
tenths behind in China, but [in Spain] we were the same in qualifying and in
"I think we caught up with Renault and probably with
Haas as well."
But while that is good news for McLaren and the midfield
battle, Alonso concedes the top three were able to maintain their gap over the
He added: "The top three teams are still developing the
cars at the same rate we do and unfortunately we've kept that gap."