Fernando Alonso
McLaren's Alonso has not managed to record a single point in this seasonReuters

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso feels that the dominance of Mercedes over Ferrari in the Spanish Grand Prix has proved that "nothing has changed" at the Maranello based team and his decision to leave them was correct.

Ferrari, who signed Sebastian Vettel to replace Alonso, have been doing decently this season, with the four-time champion emerging victorious at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

In contrast Alonso's team McLaren, who rejoined forces with Hondo this season, have been very disappointing, with the Surrey based team failing to record a single point so far.

But Alonso insists that his decision to quit Ferrari after five years was the right one.

"I am very happy with the move," the two-time Champion told Sky Sports News HQ. "I was in the Ferrari last year half a minute, a minute behind Mercedes and on Sunday they were 43 seconds behind in Barcelona."

"Nothing has changed – and that is one of the reasons why l moved. I saw nothing change for five years and l didn't want a sixth or seventh."

McLaren have struggled this season mainly due to Honda, who last participated in Formula 1 in 2008, still trying to adapt to the F1's new turbo charged engines.

Alonso revealed that McLaren's race simulations had predicted that he would finish ninth in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, but an issue with his brake resulted in him retiring from the race.

"It was very unlucky," said Alonso. "If l tried it one million times l wouldn't get a tear off from a visor into a brake duct again. But maybe it is better to have these things now when we are uncompetitive rather than when we are fighting for the podium."

However, the 33-year-old insists that his side are making good progress and are targeting points in the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.

"l am very fully motivated. If we can be competitive soon it will taste sweet because we have started from zero and I think we will get points in Monaco," added Alonso.

"From now on we will be on the limit for tenth places for the next two or three races. Hopefully after Canada and Austria we will be more secure – seventh l hope. That is the target.

"In the final part of the championship, even if l am optimistic, hopefully we will be close to the podium."

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