Fernando Alonso says he wants to see McLaren continue along its upward trajectory as he prepares for his Spanish Grand Prix home event.

Returning to the scene of his crash during pre-season testing - which ultimately forced him to miss the opening round of the 2015 F1 season -, Alonso heads to the first European round of the year looking to get himself and McLaren on the board.

Indeed, though there has been an emphasis on bringing updates to Barcelona with a view to increasing the McLaren's competitiveness, Alonso insists it simply needs to continue doing what it is doing to reach its ultimate goal.

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"I'm incredibly happy to be heading back to Europe, to my home country and racing in front of the loyal Spanish fans. We've taken some useful steps forward during the flyaway races and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car after the three-week break and continuing our push.

"We are seeing improvements race by race, and I want to ensure that we maintain this consistency throughout this weekend. It will be very difficult, as other teams will also have been working hard to develop their cars too, but I'm hopeful that the start of the European season will be positive for us and allow us to carry momentum into the next few races.

"I really enjoy driving on this circuit - it's high-speed and really tests the balance of the car, so we'll be working to get that right as soon as we get out on track.

"There's a huge amount of positivity in the team and all of us are working hard for better results in each race. Although we won't be fighting for victory in Barcelona, I know I can count on the support of the fans to bring even more motivation during the whole weekend, which will be very special."