Concluding his 2016 campaign with a top-ten result, Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda have made "big progress" this year but admits there is still a long way to go.
The double World Champ brought his MP4-31 home in tenth place in Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
That single point pushed him up to 54 in total, handing the Spaniard tenth place in the Drivers' standings.
"The race was good; fun, but difficult as well," Alonso said of F1's twilight race.
"There wasn't really much I could do against the Force Indias and the Williams, but I fought until the last lap and got quite close.
"I'm happy with the point we scored, and pleased that we secured our positions in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships."
— McLaren Soul (@McLaren_Soul) November 27, 2016
McLaren finished the campaign sixth in the championship with 76 points, a massive improvement on last year's 27 points.
But with P1 the target, Alonso says there is still a lot of work to be done.
"Overall, this season has been positive.
"We've shown big progress compared to 2015, but we want to win the World Championship – and there's still a long way to go before we can achieve that.
"Still, we have a long winter ahead of us, and we'll make a huge effort in order to arrive in Australia with a more competitive package."
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