Fernando Alonso is confident McLaren will not be struggling for points again in 2016 and expects the fruits of his team's labour to start to show from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards.
Alonso scored McLaren's best result of the year at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the weaknesses of the car and its Honda power unit were once again laid bareat the Belgian Grand Prix a week ago. Nevertheless, Alonso is confident the McLaren-Honda package is not fundamentally flawed and says it is in the process of maturing towards its full potential.
"There are some difficulties that we are going through now, but we are going through them together," he said. "We have the right experience in all the departments to make [this period] as short as possible and I'm happy with the progress.
"The starting point was maybe too low and not mature enough, but I think we are getting there and Spa and probably Monza will not show much of the progress, but Hungary showed we were more or less in the top ten in all the sessions and hopefully we can see more of the same in Singapore and the next races.
"For future races and next year things will look completely different."
McLaren arrived at the Belgian Grand Prix with an updated Honda engine but the improvements were not immediately obvious on track. Asked if the team is becoming frustrated with Honda's performance, racing director Eric Boullier said: "No. Because as we've said many times, we are happy to have Honda as a partner and Honda is happy, I guess, with McLaren so far.
"It's just a project that does not have enough maturity to perform as much as we were expecting, but clearly we are working very hard as a works team and it is very important for us to be a works team."