McLaren accept Alonso ultimatum

Erica Murray
May 13, 2017

Alonso is in the final season of a three-year contract with McLaren-Honda and smiled broadly at suggestions that he could leave to join Mercedes or Ferrari or Red Bull. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday.

If not, the two-time former champion says he will be looking for another team, or even to abandon F1 altogether.

While speaking ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso said McLaren has until October to convince him that the team can put forth a competitive auto for the 2018 season.or else he'll start talking with other teams.

Some have speculated that Alonso could partner next season with Nico Hulkenberg at Renault - the team with which he won both the 2005 and 2006 drivers titles.

"After the race, it is coming", Alonso said ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

"It was more-or-less expected that we would have these problems right now, so it was a shame because here in front of the home people it's frustrating. Completely unacceptable", Alonso said, while ominously adding that he still didn't know what had caused the breakdown in Sochi. The auto went out in a huge cloud of smoke, and it just kept dumping fluids as recovery workers tried to lift the dead McLaren out of the way. We see this power, efficiency, corner speed - things we were missing in the last couple of years. "Hopefully tomorrow we can fine-tune everything a bit, and extract a little bit more".

So much finger crossing for signs of progress appears wishful thinking for a team that has yet to score a point.

The latest blow comes a day after an ultimatum from Alonso: either McLaren gives him a competitive vehicle by October, or he will look to change teams or even consider leaving F1.

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

"I like this Formula 1, and my intention and first priority next year is to race in Formula 1".

If Fernando Alonso's Month of May was meant to generate global interest in the 101st Indianapolis 500, consider the early returns an overwhelming success.The live online coverage of. The first practice session was spent evaluating new aero components, and although planned set-up changes split his running in two, he finished the morning with 24 laps under his belt, and set the 13th fastest time.

"I think the driving technique is quite different".

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

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