Spanish GP: We've got to give Alonso a winning auto - Zak Brown

Clyde Nash
May 13, 2017

Fernando Alonso's miserable 2017 continued in the opening practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as his McLaren was hoisted from the track early on Friday.

McLaren-Honda boss Zak Brown said he accepted Fernando Alonso s challenge to give him a race winning vehicle for next year, and had no concerns at him leaving the circuit to play tennis after another engine failure.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who won the race a year ago to make history as the youngest GP victor at age 18, and Daniel Ricciardo were next. "If from here to October I see the opportunity to win in 2018, I will be more than happy to stay with the team".

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 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. "And it has aroused a huge interest", Alonso said.

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It was a hard start for Fernando at his home race in FP1, when he suffered an engine problem causing him to stop out on track at Turn Two on his first lap out of the garage.

"Everything ran smoothly on my side, however, we saw that on Fernando's side it was a bit more complex".

After returning to the pits, he left the circuit to go back to his hotel and play tennis.

This is not unlike Alonso's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne's decision to hit the treadmill during the race when his McLaren blew up in Bahrain. "If it's not the case, I would be more than happy to talk to anyone".

Alonso left Ferrari at the end of 2014 hoping that McLaren-Honda would give him a better chance of winning the World Drivers' Championship for a third time. Despite two weeks to work on their auto, McLaren has made no progress.

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Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, who in reverse order took one and two at qualifying last round in Russian Federation, clocked the third and fourth fastest times less than half a second off Hamilton's pace.

"What is clear is that we all need a joy, a result, something, since there is a minimal possibility of winning something here". So I don't know.

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

"A gust of wind could be victory", Hamilton said.

Practice will resume after lunch and again on Saturday before qualifying for Sunday's race.

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