2018 Spanish GP: “It’s Great to Be Back Home” – Alonso

Barcelona – Spain, round 5 of the 2018 Formula 1 championship will kick off the European part of this year’s season.

The 28th running of the Spanish Grand Prix will be a demanding race for McLaren, there are high expectations on new car updates, which should see a big jump towards the front of the field.

Whether the expectations will be met and McLaren close up to the top three – only time will tell.

Alonso is going into Spain with a seven race points scoring streak, after an inredible, unlikely comeback from last place in Baku.

Fernando’s last F1 victory, almost exactly five years ago was on his home turf here in Catalunya, one of his three Spanish race wins.

Fernando Alonso, ahead of the Spanish GP :

“It’s great to be back in Europe, in Spain, and at home! You can never beat the feeling of racing in front of your home fans. I’m very lucky that we get to race in my country of birth as not all drivers get that opportunity, and every year the support from the Spanish fans gets bigger and better.”

“The Spanish Grand Prix represents the start of a very busy few months leading up to the summer break – both for McLaren and for me with my other racing commitments. I’m more than ready for the challenge and I’m really excited to see what the next few races bring us.”

“I know we have some developments in the pipeline, 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.”