Fernando Alonso says he is looking forward to the Russian GP this weekend after putting his huge crash in Australia behind him.

Alonso excited for Sochi

Alonso excited for Sochi

The McLaren-Honda driver suffered broken ribs and problems with his lungs after crashing in Melbourne in the first race of the season and he was subsequently not passed fit enough to drive in the Bahrain contest that followed.

The Spaniard did return to action in the China GP last time out and now, after he managed a 12th-placed finish in Shanghai, he's looking forward to getting back in the car in Sochi this weekend.

"With each day I feel stronger since my accident, and I can't wait to get back in the cockpit again on Friday and see what we can do," he said.

"It doesn't feel like it's been too long since we last came to Sochi, but I'm looking forward to comparing last year's car performance with the MP4-31's.

"Our car feels very positive, and our progress is encouraging, but I hope we can achieve the potential we can see in our package and put in a promising performance on Sunday, which is when it all counts."

Alonso's team-mate Jenson Button finished 13th in Shanghai but the former says there was still plenty of positives to take from the race although he admits competition from other teams remains fierce down the grid.

He added: "It'll definitely be a tricky race - competition in the midfield is very tough, and a lot of the teams are looking pretty strong, with solid reliability.

"We had a smooth weekend reliability-wise in China and we're definitely learning a lot race-by-race, so I'm hopeful we can have a stronger result in Sochi."