Take it, and cling to it, in hope that his season has hit bottom and is looking up.
The dual Formula One world champion, preparing for his home Spanish Grand Prix, failed to start in Russian Federation last month because of engine failure, a situation he described as "totally unacceptable". His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second quickest.
The Spanish Grand Prix is Alonso's home race, so naturally, he wants to do well here.
He said he still did not know what had happened in Sochi when his engine failed on the formation lap. "Today was the one of those days when everything went well".
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Two-time world champion Alonso was linked with a move to Mercedes as a replacement for Nico Rosberg ahead of this season, but opted not to switch seats.
"It's a track that is very hard to follow on, so if we do a good start and keep this position the points are a real possibility", said Alonso, who conceded that the extended DRS zone for this weekend could work against him due to his power disadvantage.
Alonso said in a press conference that if things did not improve by September, he would be listening to any offer from another team for next season.
Alonso felt his time behind Kvyat - almost one third of the race distance - underlined how Honda is compromising McLaren's opportunities on Sundays. So you quickly get into turning your attention to Stoffel [Vandoorne]'s auto and seeing what we learned there. At the end of the day I felt a bit more comfortable.
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"We have been underperforming in the first four races and we didn't finish any of the Global Positioning System yet, in my case". He topped it off by clocking a better lap than Force India pair Sergio Perez and Esteban Icon and Williams' Felipe Massa.
Fernando Alonso believes McLaren could be just behind Mercedes and Ferrari on vehicle performance after the Spaniard qualified a brilliant seventh for the Spanish GP.
McLaren's team radio told Alonso to "stop the vehicle, stop the auto, engine problem" as yellowish liquid dripped from the underside.
"Obviously, I don't have 100 percent confidence". "We executed qualifying well and I felt confident in the auto. The cars look good again".
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McLaren are ready to take remedial action by asking Mercedes for some assistance with their Honda engines.