McLaren will challenge top 3 in 2018 - Alonso

"We must start looking at the three top teams"

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By GMM

25 March 2018 - 16:49
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Fernando Alonso says he is confident McLaren will eventually challenge the top three teams in 2018.

However, as the British team began its new Renault-powered era in Melbourne, the Spaniard did not make it into Q3, but was better in the race.

"We must start looking at the three top teams," Alonso told the Movistar broadcaster.

"We know what is coming for the car for Bahrain, China and Spain," he added.

Team boss Eric Boullier confirmed: "There are pieces for the car that we could not use here in Australia that are coming for the next races.

"Here it has been what we expected in the winter — close to the top 10. We know there is more performance to be higher on the grid. We know there is more to come," he added.

"We’re not where we want to be, and nor do I think Fernando is happy with the qualifying here. But Fernando is happy with the potential we still have to get out of the car.

"I think that’s why he can say that he is happy," said Boullier.

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