Fernando Alonso was happy to finish the Bahrain Grand Prix, but says McLaren needs to raise its level when the European season kicks off at Barcelona next month.
Alonso had his most promising weekend of the year so far, making into Q2 for the first time and finishing in 11th place in the race, just outside of the points.
Teammate Jenson Button, however, had a torrid weekend, hardly running on Friday, failing to set a time in qualifying on Saturday and then not being able to take part in the race.
After finishing so close to the points, Alonso is hoping McLaren can take another step in Spain.
"I'm happy to have finished and to get a bit more of experience," Alonso said.
"In Barcelona we have to raise the level, both in terms of reliability because my teammate couldn't even start the race, and in terms of performance because we care a bit closer to the midfield, to Q3 and to the points and let's see if in Barcelona we can take that step.
"We have to be optimistic and think we on the verge of scoring and hopefully it will be in the next race."
The Spaniard said McLaren needed to understand why his car's performance was dropping at some stages during the race.
"We lacked rhythm during some parts of the race and we have to know why above all," he said.