‘A question of time’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes that McLaren will once again be fighting it out for podiums in the future. 

The two-time World Champion, who moved from Ferrari to the Woking based outfit for the 2015 season, feels that although they have struggled during this campaign, the team’s persistence will eventually bring success.

The Spaniard, who recently scored his first points of the season at the British Grand Prix, says a podium finish will require a little more time. He remains hopeful, however. 

"The podium will be a consequence of hard work and time – it's a question of time,” he told ESPN.

"We have the talent, we have the resources, we have the commitment. Unfortunately Formula One is not easy; the competitors are extremely professional and extremely strong as well.” 

Despite his optimism, McLaren are severely hampered by an under performing Honda power unit. They were 2.9s off pole position pace at Silverstone. 

Alonso accepts there is much catching up to do, especially with Honda only returning to Formula 1 as an engine supplier this year. The summer break, he feels, will help immeasurably.

"We are very young and behind the other guys because we had a completely new start, from zero, and unfortunately in professional sport there is no time to wait and we all want to do right now and quickly the [good] results, but this is not happening," he said.

"The important thing is not to get frustrated and keep working in the same direction. I think the second half of the year will show a completely different McLaren – much more competitive – and the project for next year is the second year so everything will be different."