Fernando Alonso says McLaren must remain 'united' over the coming races after predicting the team will fare worse at the upcoming Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, even after both cars dropped out of Q1 at Silverstone.

Another day, another struggle for the team, this time on home soil, both Alonso and Jenson Button would fail to progress beyond the first phase of qualifying, the pair only able to out-perform the two Manors to lock out the penultimate row in 17th and 18th positions.

Despite this, Alonso gave a fairly positive evaluation of the afternoon, insisting it was actually the best qualifying session of the year for McLaren-Honda.

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"It sounds strange, but this is the best qualifying of the year for us being 1.5secs off the leader with the same tyres on the second longest circuit on the calendar, so in total time we closer to the front."

However, Alonso paints a pessimistic picture for the team going forward, predicting the upcoming races in Hungary and especially Belgium and Italy will be even harder.

"We are going through a difficult time but the whole team is united. We have a plan, a long term plan because in F1 there is no magic solution from one weekend to another. Hungary will be similar, Spa and Monza will be worse with the power effect, and we cannot be frustrated because of that."