The two-time world champion is gearing up for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend where he is hoping to challenge the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel at the front of the grid.

Alonso claimed that having the support of his fellow countrymen is an ‘unbeatable’ feeling and he is looking to reward them with a podium finish.

The McLaren driver has managed three seventh-placed finishes this term but now wants to end the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull dominance in Barcelona.

A busy month awaits for all the Formula One drivers as they head into the European part of the season.

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Fernando Alonso is looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend

You can never beat the feeling of racing in front of your home fans

Fernando Alonso

And Alonso wants to use the congested fixture list to help his team jump up the Constuctors’ Championship.

“It’s great to be back in Europe, in Spain, and at home!” said Alonso.

“You can never beat the feeling of racing in front of your home fans.

“I’m very lucky that we get to race in my country of birth as not all drivers get that opportunity, and every year the support from the Spanish fans gets bigger and better.

“The Spanish Grand Prix represents the start of a very busy few months leading up to the summer break – both for McLaren and for me with my other racing commitments.

“I’m more than ready for the challenge and I’m really excited to see what the next few races bring us.”

Most teams will have used the two week break since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to make some adjustments to their cars.

McLaren have tweaked the aerodynamics of their vehicle and Alonso hopes that will improve his speed and performance.

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“I know we have some developments in the pipeline, but we also know there is no magic bullet that will propel us to the front of the grid overnight,” added Alonso.

“There has been a lot of work happening at the factory and there is still a lot of work to do – so in Barcelona it’s a chance to evaluate some new things, see where we are, and determine the direction that we take with car development as we progress through the season.

“As always, and especially after the battle we fought in Baku, I’m really looking forward to pushing hard on track again this weekend in front of my home fans.”

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