McLaren Formula 1 racing director Eric Boullier admits that the team is not expecting a huge change in fortunes at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix as it looks to rebuild following a tough start to the 2017 season.

McLaren has spent much of its season on the sidelines due to problems with the Honda power unit, which lacks both reliability and power, with the team yet to record a points finish after four races.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso have failed to start one race apiece this year, while just two classified finishes have been achieved.

The team now heads to the Spanish Grand Prix for the start of the European season hopeful of turning things around, but Boullier admitted that a huge change in fortunes in not on the cards.

"While the start of the year and the first round of flyaway races have not been easy for McLaren-Honda, we're looking forward to returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix, marking the start of the European leg of the season," Boullier said.

"We don't anticipate a huge change of fortunes at this race, but getting Stoffel to the end of the grand prix in Sochi was a small reward for all the hard work being put in behind the scenes to address our reliability issues, and hopefully a sign of more positive things to come for the team."

McLaren is set to introduce a number of bodywork updates to its MCL32 car for Spain, and Boullier hopes it will lift the team at an important grand prix, given it is Alonso's home race.

"Like the majority of teams, we'll be taking this opportunity to introduce some new elements to the car, and, with the enthusiasm of the Spanish fans behind us, I hope we'll be able to complete some solid running and see an improvement in our reliability," Boullier said.

"It would be good to kick off the European races with some positive momentum, and what better place than in Spain with the full support of the passionate Spanish crowd."

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