Fernando Alonso is hoping he can make further in-roads into the front runners during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix following a positive start to the weekend for McLaren-Honda.

On a weekend that has seen McLaren-Honda bring a raft of updates to the MP4-30, Jenson Button ended FP2 with the seventh fastest time, while Alonso was 11th.

Though it wasn't a faultless day for Alonso after he suffered a 'fun' spin in FP1 and treated the day as more of a test than a practice session, he was satisfied with his performance.

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"It's been positive: we ended the day without any technical problems, and we completed everything on our run programme. I had a little spin at the end of FP1 - I was pushing on one of my in-laps, just having a bit of fun, when the car pirouetted at Turn 12.

"The track was a little bit slower than it was in winter testing, and we had to adapt the car to Friday's conditions, but hopefully we can be a little bit closer to the cars at the front on Saturday.

"We've made a number of positive steps, and the car seemed to behave well, but we have a lot of work to do tonight. We need to pull everything together and then select the best parts for qualifying tomorrow.