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Fernando Alonso keeps faith in Honda

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Fernando Alonso insists he is not regretting his move to McLaren-Honda, despite four retirements from his first six races since his arrival at the team this year.

Alonso suffered his third consecutive retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix after an uncompetitive weekend in which he spent most of his race defending, but losing positions on track. But just as frustrations appear to be bubbling over, Alonso said he does not regret his move from Ferrari to McLaren this year.

"No, definitely not. I was here for five years talking to you about finishing third, fourth or fifth and that was a lot of frustration. To beat Mercedes you have to do something unique and different and I believe in this project.

"All the things I see for the future make sense and the programme for developing the car feels quite positive. I know that this is a difficult time for our fans, but they need to believe because something good is coming."

Alonso said updates as early as the next round in Austria should start yielding results.

"In Austria there is something coming to the car, some new parts that will probably make the car more competitive. But we need both things, we need the car to be more competitive and we need the reliability to be stronger. There are many things we need to work on but it's time to do it, united as a team and working harder than ever.

"Everyone else is improving, so we need to do double steps. We are ready to do so and the things that are coming in the future make sense to me and I remain optimistic. Obviously it's a hard time for us after three retirements, but I'm very convinced soon we will have some good news."