Fernando Alonso says he is pleased to get his McLaren into Q2 for the first time in 2015, but admits he remains concerned with its reliability after team-mate Jenson Button suffered another stoppage in qualifying.

A sign of progress for the Honda-powered MP4-30, Alonso broke out of Q1 in style with the ninth fastest time, before going on to qualify 14th on the grid in Q2.

It is a result he is pleased with in isolation, though it is the gremlins on the other side of the garage concerning Button that occupies Alonso's attention, the Spaniard suggesting the team is suffering 'too many problems' and must focus on better reliability.

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"It was a nice surprise this weekend again to do step forward with the performance of the car," he said. "We were doing small adjustments on the settings and on the software side but everything seems to again go in the right direction. It's nice but obviously we cannot be happy to be in Q2.

"The thing is more about finishing the race tomorrow and putting both flags on the chequered flag. We've had a lot of problems with reliability this weekend with Jenson's car. This is a concern and we need to keep improving on that. This is the main thing.

"How competitive we are, if we're in front of Toro Rosso, Sauber or any other team, at the moment, this is a lower priority, because we need to put performance in the car and also reliability."

Pressed on whether he thinks McLaren can fight for points, Alonso emphasises that the priority at this moment is to not 'dream too high'.

"The chequered flag will be the first priority because we're not in a position at the moment to dream too much, or dream too high. That's the first thing.

"We need to have a little bit of luck if we want to take points. Today, we were the 14th fastest, so it's difficult to believe tomorrow we'll be in the first ten. We need some help from the others but I'm happy with everything."