Fernando Alonso says qualifying will be the key to his quest to get on the scoresheet for the first time in 2015 as McLaren-Honda raises hopes of a stronger Monaco Grand Prix.

A race identified previously by both Alonso and Jenson Button as likely to be their most competitive event as McLaren's new collaboration with Honda continues to develop, the Spaniard is looking forward to returning to a venue he has won at twice, albeit not since 2007.

However, he admits much will depend on where he and Button qualify given Monaco's notorious street circuit characteristics.

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"There are three areas you have to focus on for this grand prix - qualifying, concentration, and strategy. Saturday is where you can increase your chances of getting a good result from the weekend, so this will be our first objective, and I'm hopeful we can continue to strengthen our qualifying performance and improve our starting position.

"On Sunday, the most important thing is concentration - the streets are so narrow and twisty that there is no margin for error - so if you can do this and also maximise your strategy, you have the best chance of moving up the order by the end of the race.

"My home race in Barcelona was obviously a frustrating weekend for the whole team; we were unlucky with how my race ended and we firmly believed we could've achieved a positive result there. Our fighting spirit is still strong though, and we're determined to take that to Monaco and see how much progress we can make there. I'm hopeful our car will perform better there than in Spain, and we'll be pushing again to get into the points."