Alonso gives McLaren 6 months to fix failing F1 auto

Alonso gives McLaren 6 months to fix failing F1 auto

Unfortunately, he missed FP1 and didn't do so many laps in FP2, so it still shows that reliability is one of the key issues we have to work on for the next few races.

The Asturian will have a wide range of options open to him when his contract at McLaren Honda expires at the end of this season; from a renewal at McLaren, to a departure from Formula 1 altogether.

Fernando Alonso's beleaguered McLaren-Honda Formula One vehicle didn't even make it through its own out-lap during Free Practice 1 for the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I like this F1".

The two-time world champion pulled off a shock in qualifying, though, reaching Q3 for the first time this season to start the race in seventh position.

Alonso is enduring a wretched start to the season.

"We've had this year some good Fridays and Saturdays, but bad Sundays as we haven't finished a race yet".

He said he still did not know what had happened in Sochi when his engine failed on the formation lap.

Honda is still chasing answers to why Alonso's engine blew-up after encountering a sudden oil pressure loss just three corners into an installation lap at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Asked about what his reaction was when he saw Alonso come to a smoky halt, Brown said: "Sadness".

"Our moment right now is not the best", he said.

"Hopefully we improve the situation, not only the performance side but the reliability because sometimes we could take some points and the past and we had to stop the vehicle".

Alonso didn't finish any of the four races.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who won the race previous year, and Daniel Ricciardo were next, within 1.6 seconds of Hamilton.

"I am happy with the team but we are not winning", he said. "I will race the Indy 500, one of the best, or the biggest race in the world".

"If it's not the case, I will be more than happy to talk to anyone".

Later passed by Marcus Ericsson's Sauber, Alonso made an additional stop for fresh soft tyres and then charged from 15th to 12th in the closing laps, but felt the race's events proved he had been in for a tough afternoon regardless of the start clash.

Alonso said: "The vehicle felt quite different, running this asymmetric set-up feels not normal to drive so you need to adjust with your mind-set going into the run and into the first corner".