Alonso's McLaren breaks again, Mercedes soars in practice


Zak Brown says he accepts Fernando Alonso's challenge to prove McLaren-Honda can give him a competitive package in Formula 1 next season after the Spaniard revealed he will begin talking to rivals after the summer if fortunes don't improve.

"I am happy with the team but we are not winning", he said.

Alonso said he would be open to offers for next year if by late summer he had not been convinced that McLaren-Honda could provide a winning vehicle. "I try to drive as fast as I can but it's a much bigger problem for them".

Fernando Alonso: "Obviously, it's not an ideal start to the weekend as we completely missed the first practice session because of an engine problem".

The two-time world champion isn't competing in the race as a public relations stunt, but rather, he's trying to showcase his talents in a way he now can't in F1. We see this real power, efficiency, corner speed - things which we were missing in the last couple of years.

McLaren's team radio told him "stop the auto, stop the auto, engine problem" as a pool of liquid dripped from the underside of the vehicle.

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"It wasn't humour to go outside the circuit to play tennis, it was preparation".

Honda have announced that it was an oil leak that curtailed Fernando Alonso's running in Friday's first practice in Spain. Now when next week we start the free practice and you start running with all the people around etc., I will hopefully feel a little bit more confident and start understanding what the vehicle needs and what I need as well to be prepared for May 28. Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP later this month.

Alonso, who has twice won at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, is hoping that McLaren's mechanics have worked wonders in the two weeks since Russian Federation. At the same time the driver who replaced him at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel, now leads the 2017 World Championship. We ve given him a great environment, he really enjoys it here - we ve got to give him a winning vehicle. So I don't know. "It is a question of getting it right".

"A gust of wind could be victory", Hamilton said. He will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway immediately after finishing the race in Barcelona to start a two-week practice schedule - which includes qualifying - ahead of the race on May 28.

A notably frustrated Alonso spent a few moments looking at the rear of his MCL32, which had fluid pouring from it.