Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda is still 'not where it wants to be' even after its top five finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but suggests the car itself has never been the issue.

McLaren-Honda's troubled first half of the 2015 season has been well documented as Honda in particular struggle to bring its engine up to competitive speed and reliability, but Alonso's unexpected run to fifth place in Hungary represented a big boost for the team.

Indeed, the Spaniard says the result is sure sign that McLaren is making good progress, suggesting that it is just the engine holding it back now by describing the MP4-30 as 'beautifully balanced all season'.

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"We're still not where we want to be, but the result in Hungary shows that we're headed in the right direction. To be able to take on and race the other cars felt great, and, while the result was largely achieved through attrition, we showed throughout that we had to pace to fight for the points.

"This car has been beautifully balanced all season, and was just something I could really push all the way through the race. I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season, I think we'll see more progress."