Fernando Alonso says despite McLaren-Honda's current plight he expects parts upgrades at every round as the Woking-based team looks to recover from its painful pre-season with an underperforming and unreliable power unit.

With Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa bracing for another tough race weekend in China, Alonso has once again asked for the minimum of a trouble-free weekend after his Australian Grand Prix was ended by suspension failure seven laps from the chequered flag.

Alonso says he was pleasantly surprised by McLaren-Honda's performance up until his retirement in Melbourne and is relishing the prospect of a raft of new updates for the Chinese Grand Prix - a theme he expects for every round in 2017 as the team gets to grips with the new technical regulations.

"Australia was a bit of a surprise for us, as we didn't expect to perform at the level at we did, although on paper, ultimately, the results show the reality," Alonso said. "We know there's a lot of work to do and we aren't delivering what we had aimed for pre-season, but equally we're pushing hard behind the scenes.

"Despite there being a few fly-aways at the start of the season, we're still expecting to upgrades at every race, including China."

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Assessing the race weekend in Shanghai the two-time F1 world champion hopes the challenge the track and conditions sets drivers will open opportunities to McLaren-Honda in order to get its campaign up and running.

"The weather is often unpredictable and temperatures can change a lot over the weekend, so it's something all the teams have to manage with the balance and set-up of the car," he said "Shanghai is a really quirky track - Turn One is actually my favourite corner on the whole calendar - and it provides a good test for the driver with a high average speed compared to the street circuit of Melbourne.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what the new cars are capable of there, and I hope we can at least have a trouble-free race and see where we are when the chequered flag falls."

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