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Fernando Alonso predicts 'huge step' for McLaren at Spanish Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso believes McLaren will make 'huge' progress at his home Grand Prix in Barcelona next month.

The double World Champion has endured a difficult time on his return to McLaren as the team continues to build on their reunion with Honda.

Alonso finished 11th at the last race in Bahrain and came close to securing McLaren's first points of the season. Given McLaren's struggles so far in the opening four races of the campaign, the Spaniard insists no one is panicking in the team and is confident McLaren will slowly rediscover their form.

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"We are all united. We are all grown up and committed to this project. Nobody is panicking in this tough moment - and panicking can be very easy in such a tough situation," Alonso told Formula1.com.

"I predict that in Barcelona we will see the first huge step and also the power effect is low in Monaco so we should also have a good race there. My prediction is that the next three races will be very interesting for us."

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Alonso keen to please fans

Alonso missed the first race of the year in Australia following an accident during pre-season testing and retired at the Malaysian Grand Prix, but the 33-year-old wants to put on a show for his adoring supporters at his home race in Spain.

"I promise my fans to do everything to improve the performance," Alonso, who has won the Spanish Grand Prix twice during his career, commented.

"The steps that we've made since Melbourne all point in the right direction. We will be working flat out to increase the performance for Barcelona - and the odds indicate that we should. I am optimistic - even if I am aware of the fact that still a lot needs to be done."

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