McLaren accept Fernando Alonso ultimatum

White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of a turn and into the gravel at the start of the morning session at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.

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.

No sooner had those words been digested than the team hit an embarrassing new low in Friday practice for the Spanish GP, Alonso's home race, when his vehicle broke down on its installation lap.

McLaren's team radio told him to "stop the auto, stop the auto, engine problem" as liquid dripped from the underside of the vehicle. The drip turned into a gushing pour when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.

"If it is not the case then I will be more than happy to talk to anyone".

Alonso apologized to his supporters for the no-go, and put the blame on Honda, the maker of the McLaren's troubled motor.




"What can you do?"

"Yes, that is what is going to happen", said Alonso. "It was a pity for the fans that had come today to see me break down on the first lap".

Fernando Alonso left instead to go play some paddle, a racquet sport similar to tennis. "But not only to race but also to win". It's the first time that I've had a Friday this season without any big problems - we ran through our programme without any big issues, so that was good. But that is what Fridays are for.

"(It was) really, really bad for us as a team not to start the race.

Champion in 2005 and 2006, the 35-year-old Alonso hasn't added to his 32 victories since winning the Spanish GP in 2013. When we complete my full last lap in a Formula 1 vehicle which was on the Saturday in Russian Federation because on Sunday we didn't manage to complete the formation lap and here we could not manage to complete the out lap.

And despite two weeks to work on the auto, McLaren has made no progress. Hamilton lowered his own mark after lunch to clock a day's best time of 1 minute, 20.802 seconds, with Bottas only 0.090 seconds slower. Rumor has it that he could return to Renault, with which he won his two world championships over a decade ago, or that he could take Kimi Raikkonen's place alongside Sebastian Vettel back at Ferrari again. We ve given him a great environment, he really enjoys it here - we ve got to give him a winning auto. "If from here to October I see the opportunity to win in 2018, I will be more than happy to stay with the team. I don't know the reason why the oil leaked, but that is the reason why it blew". "It looks like it will be between them and us", Vettel said.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Trump exaggerates a threat to religious freedom
This executive order directs the Internal Revenue Service not to unfairly target churches and religious organisations for political speech.

Chelsea one win away from EPL Glory
All of the main players will be aiming to make the team sheet for this one due to the sheer importance of it. Then, through hard work, he improved a lot and now he is playing in every game.

Tunnel collapse renews safety concerns about nuclear sites
Railcars filled with radioactive waste are buried in the wood and concrete tunnels, which are covered by about 8feet of soil. The latest estimate to finish the overall cleanup of Hanford is more than $107 billion and the work would take until 2060.

US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats
Tehran's rationale is that by sticking to the deal, it gets relief from USA sanctions and preserves some nuclear capabilities. He said that as ISIS is pushed from its stronghold of Mosul, it is preparing to regroup and continue an insurgency.

Va. Amber Alert issued for missing baby girl and mom
They may be traveling in a 2013 black Kia Optima, license VAW2197. "Keir Johnson is is 4'11" tall and weighs 140 pounds. Based on new information in the investigation, police believe they may have been possibly abducted.

MTV celebrates summer viewing season with Movie & TV Awards
Things quickly got hot when a lamp was knocked over and a set of stairs caught on fire - although it was all part of the show. The 27-year-old went on to address why she specifically was honored with the award despite her rough competition.

Justice Karnan moves SC seeking recall of conviction order
Justice Karnan checked into the Chennai Guest House on Tuesday after leaving his home in Kolkata. Justice Karnan yesterday sought relief from the apex court in the contempt of court matter.

KU, K-State athletics get passing grades in April ratings
Football, baseball, men's swimming and diving, and softball are each ranked second in the SEC among their respective sports. Teams are required to maintain four-year April scores of 930 or higher to remain eligible for the postseason.

NZ rugby internationals stood down after drug allegations
Police alleged the video showed Crowther offer the phone to two men, both of whom allegedly inhaled it through rolled bank notes. Meanwhile Proctor announced he had stood down as Gold Coast Titans captain in a statement on the team's website.

Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz
And that the only team to win three consecutive series by sweeps and that no parade route shall be booked before its time . In fact, they were only able to have a lead on the Warriors for 11 minutes and 55 seconds over the course of four games.

Star Wars: Episode IX, Frozen 2 & Indiana Jones Get Release Dates
Star Wars started out with Memorial Day, and it also allows the studio to double-up on profiting from the film. Rogue One was a defining moment for the series, and served as an excellent change of pace.

North Korea to extradite anyone involved in alleged Kim Jong Un assassination
Kim was arrested merely hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to erase America from the face of the Earth. Pyongyang accused South Korea and the United States of plotting to assassinate the leader using biochemical poison.

Arsene Wenger Confirms Injury to Key Midfielder Following Win Over Man Utd
Liverpool are third in the table on 70 points, a point clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. I think he did an incredible job and I think Alexis [Sanchez] knows his name because the kid really played very well.

US Unemployment Rate Hits Ten-Year Low On Strong Job Growth
US payroll gains expanded at a faster pace in April, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent, the lowest in a decade. Overall, the US added 211,000 jobs in April compared with a revised 79,000-job gain the previous month.

7 things to know about New Jersey's Saturday soaker
After the rain, and after this extended stretch of cool temps, we're going to be hungry for warm, sunny weather. More than 3 inches of rain has fallen in the county this month, according to the website.


More News

News
More News