Fernando Alonso believes Hungary can mark the beginning of McLaren's recovery from the difficult start with Honda after being granted use of an additional engine for the season.

The former F1 champion says his team must maximise it's track time with its sixth power unit of the year in both free practice sessions and the race to gain improvements from the MP4-30's whole package.

"We need to remain calm. We are so far back that even if we make big improvements it will not be so obvious in terms of results," Alonso said. "It can only get better because we are at the back of the grid.

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"We need to improve the whole package. On the power unit side there is room to improve and on the aerodynamic side there is also room to improve as well as mechanical and reliability. We have been facing a lot of problems not only in the races but also in the free practice."

The Spaniard is relishing the challenge of the 'different' Hungaroring and feels it's an opportunity for McLaren to put up a stronger fight due to the smaller significance on the power unit.

"The track holds completely different characteristics of Silverstone or Canada so this will put us in a good test because we will know how competitive we are at a circuit with low power," he explained. "It is interesting to see how we can maximise the free practice and use the new engine which we won't be penalised for. So we will put it in the car and extend the mileage because we were quite limited before.

"This weekend we need to get some answers not just on the competitive side but also in the practice to find performance."

The 33-year-old, who grabbed his first points finish of the season with 10th place at Silverstone, has revealed a short term schedule to when he expects McLaren's developments to turn into more points-paying results.

"Hopefully in the second half of the season, let's say after Monza because both Spa and Monza will be hard for us because of the characteristics, we can see can a clear improvement in results."