'We are not competitive at all' - Alonso

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Fernando Alonso says McLaren is "not competitive at all" and rules out scoring points at the Belgian Grand Prix.

McLaren has received an upgraded power unit from Honda for this weekend's race at Spa-Francorchamps, and has taken a number of new components to ensure it has a bigger pool to make use of in the coming races.  The result is a combined grid penalty of 105 places, meaning both cars will start at the back of the grid.

When asked if McLaren has the pace in the car to try to score a point on Sunday, Alonso replied: “I need many things to happen tomorrow!

"I talked before about the rain, but we probably need more than the rain. we need a very chaotic race, but I think the target tomorrow cannot be the points to be honest. We have to be realistic, we are not competitive at all and the target tomorrow is to learn about the car and keep putting on mileage.”

And Alonso says McLaren knew it would be uncompetitive at Spa and took the grid penalties as a result.

“Well I think we are facing different issues during the weekend. The biggest one is the lack of speed we have. We are not very competitive, we knew that. It’s the longest circuit of the championship with very long straights, so it’s not a circuit that is favourable to our car.

"For that we decided to strategically pay some penalties here because we knew that we have very little chance. That’s the biggest problem, the other issues are relatively minor compared to that one.”

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