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Fernando Alonso and McLaren are a long way off

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Fernando Alonso has called on McLaren to make "double steps" after the team suffered a disappointing Spanish Grand Prix.

In front of his home fans, Alonso retired with a brake issue which caused a scary moment during his pitstop as he overshot his pit box, while Jenson Button was running outside of the points but constantly reporting problems with the car.

McLaren had hoped to make significant progress up the grid in Spain, but their pace and performance has caused a setback, leading Alonso to call on the team to improve quickly as they continue to adjust to their renewed partnership with Honda.

"Definitely we are a long way off, so we need to make double steps because everyone is improving as well this season so we need to make double steps," Alonso told reporters after the race on Sunday.

"This is a very challenging project but I’m so happy, I think we are recovering well and we need to keep up."

Speaking about his incident in the pitlane, Alonso was glad none of his mechanics got injured.

"My pitstop was a scary moment – I didn’t have much rear braking for my whole in-lap, then even less at the stop. It was scary for the mechanics, but luckily it didn’t hurt anyone," the double World Champion said.

"My brake issue was separate from Jenson’s problem yesterday; in qualifying, he had a single disc that wasn’t reaching temperature, but I had no brakes. I think the rear disc stopped working, so I only had front brakes."

“Things are coming together. We’re still a long way off the front and need to take bigger steps, but this is a very challenging project and I’m happy that we’re recovering well. This has been a disappointing day, but the team will investigate what happened, and we’ll come back stronger in Monaco.”

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