Fernando Alonso has not had his dream return to the Formula 1 grid. The former world champion made his return to the F1 paddock this season after two seasons away from the sport with Alpine, but struggled to find his rhythm in the first two races of the year.
There was significant improvement last time out in Portugal, as the driver finished seventh behind teammate Esteban Ocon after Alpine added several upgrades to the car, and Alonso will be looking to carry that form on into this weekend's race in Barcelona.
In a statement ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso said he was looking forward to returning to racing in his home country and hopefully scoring points once more.
"I am excited to be back racing in Spain. It’s always special racing in your home country and I have good memories here in Barcelona. It’s a circuit all of us drivers know well, as we normally do our pre-season test here as well as racing the Grand Prix during the season. It’s a challenging circuit with a lot of high speed corners," he said.
"The race is also back to back with Portugal, so it’s nice to keep the momentum going. It’s traditionally quite a difficult circuit to overtake on, so qualifying will be very important.
"We’ll see where we are during the weekend and target a positive weekend with some more points on the board. "