Fernando Alonso has again emphasised his expectation that he is in for a dismal Chinese Grand Prix, saying it doesn't matter where he finishes lap one because he will just instantly drop back.

With the experienced Spaniard notably stepping up his rhetoric against the team - specifically engine suppliers Honda - in recent weeks, he dismissed the notion that the inclement weather conditions in Shanghai coupled to the disrupted running will play to his advantage.

Suggesting the only advantage would come at the start, the two-time champion maintains he will be vulnerable almost immediately when the race gets underway.

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"I can be up to 4th in the first lap of qualifying, but then I'll be down to 7th in lap two, 11th in lap 3 and will keep going backwards. And it will be the same in the races, as they'll get past us in the straights but this is the same position we've always been.

"We said it on Thursday, I'm telling you today and it will be the same tomorrow and in Bahrain. I'm here because it's where I have to be, so here I am!"

With McLaren-Honda bringing '30 new parts' to China, including an unusual T-wing, Alonso says it makes little difference to the performance of the car.

"Everybody is just talking about the new T-wing that is the one that least affects the performance of the car. People like things that are very visual, but if we run with it or without it, it won't make a difference. What matters is hidden in the car and we couldn't try it today.

"Tomorrow we won't be able to try them in FP3 because of reliability issues, as we need to preserve what we have for qualifying and the race. It is what it is, fortunately I know the track well, the car and the tyres too, so if we go directly into qualifying that's fine for me."

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