Alonso gives McLaren until October to shape up

Hazel Gray
May 15, 2017

Alonso's home fans had barely settled in their seats for practice at the Spanish Grand Prix before his car's Honda engine blew in a mess of smoke and oil.

The Spaniard who will skip the next Grand Prix in Monaco to participate in the 500-mile Indianapolis with a McLaren-Honda-Andretti auto, remains determined to race in F1 in 2018 despite his current ordeal.

"We have been underperforming for the first four races", Alonso said. We can not pass on the straights, so we had to stay behind.

The decision to switch competitions will mean he misses F1's Monaco GP this month, but Alonso said he had "zero" regrets since Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull are still out of reach. "Definitely, our moment right now is not the best". If, before September or October, l see a possibility that we are in a position to win in 2018, l will be more than happy to stay with the team. "We need to finish the race with both cars and put in some mileage".

"I'm sure Felipe didn't see at the start of the race it was very complicated".

Alonso said his chances took another hit when he emerged from his first pitstop behind the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and could do nothing to overtake him. "I managed a few laps, with more problems than anything else".

Pushed on whether he felt that there were any grounds to believe that Honda's situation was improving after increasing reliability trouble, Brown said: "I don't know that reliability is getting worse because we haven't had much reliability yet".

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Alonso will head straight to Indianapolis for Monday's opening practice session for the 500.

"The driving technique is quite different", Alonso said.

"I think you're not going to learn a lot by watching other cars go around so obviously he wanted to get rid of some energy, built-up energy, so I don't have any issue with that".

Honda engine blew in a mess of smoke and oil and liquid poured out of the auto as it was tipped up by a recovery crane in Spain.

Sauber recently signed a multi-year deal with the Japanese engine maker to ditch its Ferrari power unit at the start of next year.

"Little by little our rivals would catch up and after a while it would have been impossible to keep them behind, the same way it is impossible for us to attack them".

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