Alonso hopes his first finish boosts McLaren's 2017 season


Fernando Alonso's first practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona ended in disaster as his auto suffered an engine problem on Thursday.

Alonso said he has no regrets about skipping Monaco, as even if he repeated his stirring performance of Barcelona, the top three teams will remain ahead of McLaren-Honda on the prestigious streets.

But Brown said that with Alonso having failed to make the start of the Russian Grand Prix two weeks ago, it was incredible that his home event got off to such a bad start.

He continued, "I don't just want to race, I want to win".

But with such a dedicated few years behind him with the team it seems he is slowly being broken thanks to never being able to race let alone win. Friday was a hard day also with another failure so you know, it's not that you go tomorrow and you are 100 per cent confident but I'm pretty sure that we keep learning with the things which are happening to the auto so at least I have a good feeling for tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso said on Thursday he will get to keep the Indianapolis 500 auto that he races in later this month to add to his musem collection. "If not, I will be happy to talk to anyone".

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Ultimately, Alonso said the McLaren did not have the pace to fight for points. I did the first one which is just for feeling with the auto but next week when we start the free practice and running with others around hopefully I will build confidence and understand what the vehicle needs and what I need as well. I can feel the auto is quick.

"I have minus zero regrets about missing Monaco", Alonso said. From corner to corner, sometimes you break in the same spot, but you tail off because of a tailwind.

Alonso said in a press conference that if things did not improve by September, he would be listening to any offer from another team for next season. There was on auto on one side of the garage with only two people working on it, and on the other side was this vehicle with people all over it like bees. And nothing illustrated that more graphically than their battle in qualifying at Montmelo on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton handled the changing wind direction well on his first run, which took 1m 19.149s.

"Luckily summer does not start tomorrow, because I think I know what his decision would be today".