Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda is approaching the Russian Grand Prix with an eye on 2016 by running some 'experimental parts' on the MP4-30.

The Spaniard - who is celebrating 250 grands prix in Sochi - failed to make it out of Q1 in qualifying, though he was always destined to start at the back of the field due to penalties sustained for power unit changes earlier in the weekend.

Indeed, with McLaren identifying the event as one of its weaker rounds, it has opted to run Alonso with one of its 'worst' Honda engines in an effort to save mileage on a newer specification, while the car will also run with some 'experimental parts' in an effort to make a start on 2016 development.

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"For here we put one of the worst engines we still have because, in any case, we don't have many chances to fight for the points. But we'll try to have some fun in the race, pass a few cars at the start and give a good battle to whatever cars we'll have around us.

"We have some experimental parts in the car, in preparation for next year, so we need to finish the race to give them as much mileage as possible.

"The cars are in different configurations, to get comparative data, so from that point of view it's also an interesting weekend even if we're not competitive. We won't have a spectacular race but we're trying some very interesting solutions."