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Alonso names four races where he expects McLaren to close the gap to the front

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Fernando Alonso says McLaren's best races are yet to come this year, highlighting Singapore, Suzuka, Austin and Abu Dhabi as the venues where he expects to score his best results.

A Honda engine upgrade at the Belgian Grand Prix saw McLaren take another big step forward this year, with Alonso scoring a seventh place finish after starting last. The team struggled at F1's power circuit Monza a week ago, but is expected to be more competitive this weekend in Singapore. Alonso is looking forward to the race and also sees several other opportunities for strong results at the remaining races.

"Not only Singapore, I think Suzuka, Austin, and especially Abu Dhabi, I think will be very good," he said. "Even last year we expected a lot in Singapore and we were OK but we were not as good as Austin and especially Abu Dhabi. For whatever reason Abu Dhabi was really strong for us last year so I think it can be the same next year."

Asked how good the races could be, Alonso said: "Let's try to be just behind Red Bull."

Alonso said the Honda update has unlocked a lot of lap through efficiency gains.

"The latest spec on the engine has some more power and some more deployment, so that helps us a lot on the straights. So if you have two or three tenths quicker on the straights you have two or three tenths less time at full throttle, so less consumption."