Alonso gives McLaren deadline to win

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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 vehicle for the 2018 season.or else he'll start talking with other teams. The F1 race will be held on Sunday.

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, pauses next to Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso during a press conference at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

As for the possibility of Alonso rejoining Ferrari, the Scuderia's team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said cryptically: 'Why do we have to start talking about something that is distracting us?'

The drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.

I preferred to do sports, because I wanted to be ready if the vehicle was, said Alonso.

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After showing some progress a year ago with its Honda engine, the team has taken a huge step back with neither Alonso nor new teammate Stoffel Vandoorne yet to score a point.

"What can you do?" "And it has aroused a huge interest", Alonso said. I'm sorry for the fans.

On Friday, Alonso lost all of FP1 to an engine failure and went off to continue his training by playing tennis, although he did get some running in the afternoon. Mercedes were fastest with Hamilton ahead of Bottas.

"This year the cars are good to drive", he said.

"I'm happy with the weekend anyway". But that is what Fridays are for.

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"On the other side of the garage, Stoffel completed 60 laps, and we were able to run through his programme without any problems, which included confirming the effectiveness of the small update installed this weekend, and I think it worked well to improve his performance". Obviously I don't have 100 per cent confidence because in four races we have four DNFs.

Champion in 2005 and 2006, Alonso hasn't added to his 32 victories since winning the Spanish GP in 2013.

"In 14 hours I will be in the vehicle again so we need to switch on the style for the next two weeks with full concentration [in Indy]", Alonso said.

Alonso will miss the next F1 race in Monaco to contest the Indianapolis 500, and said he is likely to make a decision about his future after summer.

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