FURIOUS Fernando Alonso leaves Spanish Grand Prix track: He's playing TENNIS instead

Jessica Allison
May 16, 2017

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 auto.

The drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.

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".

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".

"Yes, that is what is going to happen", said Alonso. From corner to corner, sometimes you break in the same spot, but you tail off because of a tailwind.

"We've brought quite a few upgrades to this race, but at the moment it's different to judge any of them individually".

While Honda worked to diagnose the source of an oil leak that caused the stoppage, the Spaniard left the circuit to play tennis with his trainer, returning ahead of FP2.

Alonso's contract with McLaren expires at the end of this year.

Hamilton fastest as Mercedes step up the pace
Vettel was in a relaxed mood, joking with home hero Fernando Alonso of McLaren who was sitting alongside him. Alonso was one of the three drivers who won races early in 2013 while driving for Ferrari .


Alonso is yet to see the chequered flag this season, having retired from the first three races of the year and failed to start last time out in Russian Federation.

With two wins in four races, Vettel leads Hamilton by 13 points in the standings.

Alonso managed to do 21 laps in the second practice session in the afternoon, but he finished last. With its rougher surface and tricky curves, the track gives slower cars like his McLaren a fighting chance.

"Around September, October I need to consider what I will do next year, if it is time to find challenges outside Formula One or if in Formula One I have the opportunity to win the championship", Alonso said Thursday, a day before practice starts at the Spanish Grand Prix. Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP.

Trailing Mercedes throughout Friday, Ferrari hit back with the top two times heading into qualifying.

Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel clocked the third and fourth fastest times, less than half a second off Hamilton's pace. After marshalls rolled him back to his garage, his mechanics quickly fixed the problem and he went back out.

Having got his first taste of driving the auto this month, the 35-year-old is looking forward to getting to grips with things as the intensity ramps up.

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