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Alonso positive ahead of Barcelona GP
Last Updated: 2015-05-06 08:30 | Xinhua
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It has been a difficult start to theseason for Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso who has so far to pickup a single point since returning to the McLaren Honda team.

But the two time World Champion is optimistic that the SpanishGP, which will be held in Montmelo outside of Barcelona thisweekend, will bring around a change in fortunes.

"I am happy to be back in Europe and in my homeland and to beable to compete in front of the Spanish fans," said Alonso, whobelieves his team is making progress in their bid to be seriouschallengers.

"We have taken a few steps forward in the last few races and Iam looking forward to competing after a three week break," he saidin an interview published on his team's official website onTuesday.

"The team has improved from race to race and we want to maintainthat consistency," said Alonso, who admitted it was "going to bedifficult, because the other teams are also working to improve, butI have the hope that the start of the European race season will bepositive for us and that we will continue to advance."

Alonso also discussed the Barcelona circuit where he had a crashin pre-season training which saw him taken to hospital and forcedto miss the first Grand Prix of the season.

Despite his accident, he insisted, "I like the circuit a lot: itis high speed and it tests the car's stability, so we will have towork on that. We won' t fight to win in Barcelona, but I know Iwill have the fans behind me and that is an extra motivation for anextra-special weekend." Enditem

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