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Alonso is optimistic about his team's chances in 2017.

Fernando Alonso: McLaren in a good position ahead of 2017

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Fernando Alonso says his McLaren team must 'attack' its weaknesses and take advantage of the new technical regulations in place for 2017 to improve their car and chances of winning races again. 

The bigger tyres and aerodynamic changes that will come into place for next season could see cars lapping up to four seconds faster and represent the largest overhaul in the sport since 2014.

Although McLaren have improved their performance from last year, the team haven't won a race since the 2012 season and are currently sitting in sixth place in the constructors standings. 

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The car was exposed at the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago as the high speed corners at Suzuka highlighted its weaknesses in the chassis, and Alonso knows that issue must be looked at ahead of 2017. 

"There are some types of corners that seem not to perform at the same level as the others, but I think we need to understand and to attack those problems, especially more thinking for next year," the two-time World Champion said.

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"I think this year whatever you do will be small things that will not have a big impact, so the important thing is to put the focus into the weakness of this year's car to make sure we don't have the same problems."

However, he seemed pleased with the strides made alongside new engine partner Honda: "What I'm happy with is how the team has settled with the structure that we have, with the organisation that we have, with the Honda and McLaren implications, much closer than ever in the last two years," 

He continued: "The Honda progress as well, because last year we have a lot of difficulties, but for this year we knew that improving the engine would not be difficult because it was in a very low performance base, but I think for next year the step will be even bigger because the organisation has changed a lot.

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"We have a lot more people and resources, we have a lot more ideas and everything that I see now is much more logical for next year.

"So even if the regulations change a lot then all of the information that we get this year is not very useful at all, then I think the team is very well prepared to attack next years regulations with a lot of confidence because the team grew up a lot in the last 15/16 months."

Both McLaren drivers currently sit outside the top 10 in the drivers standings, with the best result from either car being Alonso's fifth place finish at Monaco earlier in the year. 

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