Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso of McLaren-Honda (right) with fellow driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso of McLaren-Honda (right) with fellow driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Alonso puts heat on failing McLaren-Honda partnership

A FRUSTRATED Fernando Alonso believes McLaren is right to consider a future away from Honda, while also once again hinting he is ready to "change projects" himself in his quest to win a third world championship.

After three years of failed promises, the McLaren-Honda partnership appears to be at breaking point, with the Woking team's managing director Zak Brown admitting he now has "serious concerns" about its engine supplier's title-winning potential.

And in the wake of a wretched start to the 2017 season, Alonso has also all but called for McLaren to consider ditching Honda for a more powerful engine provider.

"We are not competitive," Alonso told Sky F1's Ted Kravitz. "The chassis especially is very competitive and among the best. We are lacking in the power unit. McLaren belongs to the top and fighting for world championships. After two-and-a-half years, maybe now is the time to change the situation.

"I just want to win. Zak wants to win. Honda wants to win. There are some parts of the team which are now finally ready to fight for the championship, some others are not, and it's up to McLaren to change wherever they may feel is necessary."

The uncertainty surrounding McLaren's uncompetitive car and power unit also directly affects Alonso's future. The Spaniard's contract expires at the end of the season and the 35-year-old has previously admitted he is willing to move elsewhere in 2018.

And as the two-time world champion prepared for his Formula 1 comeback following an impressive debut Indianopolis 500, he cut a despondent figure as he was asked what would convince him to stay at McLaren.

"We have to win," Alonso insisted in the pre-Canadian GP press conference. "If we are winning before September, I will stay."

News Corp Australia


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