Fresh agony for Alonso in Barcelona
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 consider leaving F1.
Problems with the McLaren’s Honda engine kept him from finishing the first three races, and that only got more embarrassing when his auto broke down in the formation lap of the last grand prix in Russian Federation.
“I’m exhausted from this race and I’m thinking how to rest on the plane as at 09:00 tomorrow I am due to drive in free practice in Indianapolis!”
“If it is not the case then I will be more than happy to talk to anyone”.
Bottas missed all but eight minutes of the third and final practice session earlier when two separate mechanical problems led to his team needing to replace his engine with the one used through the first four races.
The Spaniard who will skip the next Grand Prix in Monaco to participate in the 500-mile Indianapolis with a McLaren-Honda-Andretti vehicle, remains determined to race in F1 in 2018 despite his current ordeal.
“I don’t think that 50 is enough”, said Alonso when asked after qualifying if an extra 50bhp would allow him to be on pole.
As for his hopes in Sunday’s race, he said merely that he wants to do better than he did in Sochi, where he failed to start, adding that he hoped Sunday’s contest would mark the start of an upturn in fortunes for the team.
“Always here [in Spain], I find this extra motivation to take care of every detail of the vehicle”, he said.
“It’s not my career”, Alonso said.
“The weekend in general was positive for us”.
“I feel confident that tomorrow, when we’ll put everything together, we’ll be in a more or less competitive position and hopefully we can be close to the others”. “But I am pretty sure we keep learning from the things that are happening to the auto”, Alonso said.
Like Friday, Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth. “It was tricky for us”, Hamilton said.
Hamilton described how the same turn can be completely different to handle, depending on the wind.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain gestures during a press conference at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 11, 2017.