Fernando Alonso insists he does not consider his current time at McLaren as a 'waste', despite admitting it is not clear how long he will have to wait to drive a competitive car.

Alonso has remained largely stoic about McLaren's troubles since re-joining the Woking-based team at the start of the 2015 season on a big budget three-year deal.

Indeed, with the new Honda power unit still considerably down on performance and reliability compared with its rivals, 34 year-old Alonso insists he remains committed to the job in hand and the team, brushing off concerns about his age.

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"It's never wasted time," he said. "Even at Ferrari we didn't have a competitive car, but those five years were very good for my experience and my career and enjoyment. I have great memories. This year the results are tough to accept, but I'm still learning and to work on a project like this that is completely new is quite exciting.

"We want to win and we are not competitive. There is not a deadline, I know that I am not young anymore, but I have a three-year contract with McLaren, so when I finish those three we have to see if we are in a position to fight for the championship or if things are not looking good I will think differently."

After a particularly difficult weekend in Belgium and Italy as the McLaren-Honda struggled with the high-speed nature of the circuits, Alonso is confident the Singapore Grand Prix will bring the team an opportunity to breach the mid-field again.

"The whole package arrives a little bit more ready so I think we have a good opportunity to be in the points. We don't have many opportunities to be in the points and hopefully we won't miss this one.

"For us the biggest priority is to be in the points on Sunday and for that we need to do a good race and a good practice and qualifying. The race is quite tough, with the start being very important because overtaking is near impossible.

"It's a very demanding track on the mechanical side for brakes and gearboxes and also on the physical side it is quite tough. Many things to put together and if we manage to do so points are possible."