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13 May 2017, 12:46 | Stacy Ballard
Alonso gives McLaren 6 months to fix failing F1 car
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".
White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of a turn and into the gravel at the start of the morning session at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. In that time he has travelled to America to visit the IndyCar paddock in Alabama and conduct his highly-publicised test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as contesting F1 race weekends in Bahrain, Russia and now Spain.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his vehicle during the second free practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017.
Alonso then plunged into the garages of the British team and played ping-pong to "keep the body active", while the mechanics changed the engine of his auto in anticipation of the afternoon session.
The drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.
"If it is not the case then I will be more than happy to talk to anyone".
While Alonso gave McLaren his ultimatum, Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson expressed his concern over his team's decision for next year to use the same Honda engine that has plagued McLaren.
"What can you do?"
Alonso said in a press conference that if things did not improve by September, he would be listening to any offer from another team for next season. I'm sorry for the fans.
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With Alonso continuing to express his opinion of the situation by firstly deciding to play tennis whilst FP1 was still ongoing, Brown laughed off the weird scenario but admits there is "disbelief" in the frequency of the issues. I did the first one which is just for feeling with the vehicle but next week when we start the free practice and running with others around hopefully I will build confidence and understand what the auto needs and what I need as well. "I preferred to do some sport, so that if the vehicle was ready I would be, too", Alonso said. "I try to drive as fast as I can but it's a much bigger problem for them".
" I get the impression that when we do not have trouble on Fridays and Saturdays, we are unable to finish the race on Sunday".
Champion in 2005 and 2006, the 35-year-old Alonso hasn't added to his 32 victories since winning the Spanish GP in 2013. He hasn't finished a race this season, and his McLaren broke down on the formation lap of the previous Russian GP.
The latest blow comes a day after Alonso issued an ultimatum: either McLaren gives him a competitive vehicle by October or he will look to change teams or even consider leaving F1.
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And despite two weeks to work on the vehicle, McLaren has made no progress.
"The poor show in the afternoon session was due to the fact that first of all, you need to calibrate the engine when you put in a new power unit, so in the first couple of runs the power was a little bit inconsistent". At the same time the driver who replaced him at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel, now leads the 2017 World Championship.
"Sitting here today in Barcelona, it's hard to know when that will be other than we've designed lots of winning cars".
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