Fernando Alonso's first practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona ended in disaster as his vehicle suffered an engine problem on Thursday. After suffering an engine failure on the formation lap ahead of the Russian Grand Prix Alonso says Honda's early problems in Barcelona were not a surprise.
The drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.
A McLaren revival may persuade Alonso to stay with the team next year.
"What can you do?"
"There is a series of races in July but after the summer there will be enough time to analyse what has improved in the team, how is the evolution, to see if the team's curve is flat, up or down, and that will be the moment to see what I will do next year".
"Yesterday was not a normal session", added Alonso.
Alonso managed to do 21 laps in the second practice session in the afternoon, but he finished last.
"I didn't want to spend the morning on the sofa watching television".
Speaking of his experiences at the test, he said: "It was different, probably as I expected to be". I made a few laps, all marked by problems. But that is what Fridays are for. Everything today went perfectly.
Alonso didn't finish any of this season's opening four races.
Alonso will miss the Monaco Grand Prix in a fortnight's time as he heads to the United States for the Indianapolis 500.
The Spaniard's former team Ferrari could prove to be his only hope of a credible exit, however, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen also soon to be out of contract.
"There is the opportunity this weekend to do a one-two and pull away from the Ferraris", Hamilton said.
Despite his optimism of the front, the new event of Alonso further darkens his future at McLaren-Honda, while he did not finish a single race in the first four Global Positioning System of the season. "I don't know the reason why the oil leaked, but that is the reason why it blew". "It was definitely a good qualifying, P7 is a gift so we will see what we can do tomorrow from here". I am happy with McLaren, but we are not winning. I was able to start feeling some of the setup changes and things like that. "It is a question of getting it right".
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who won the race a year ago, and Daniel Ricciardo were next, within 1.6 seconds of Hamilton.
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. "It's like juggling balls in the wind".
Qualifying is later for Sunday's race.