Fernando Alonso suffers Spanish GP practice breakdown

Alonso admitted drastic improvement will be needed if he is to remain at McLaren and, should that not occur, he will be open to any offers in and out of F1. In that time he has travelled to America to visit the IndyCar paddock in Alabama and conduct his highly-publicised test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as contesting F1 race weekends in Bahrain, Russia and now Spain.

If not, the two-time former champion says he will be looking for another team, or even to abandon F1 altogether.

Alonso has given the clearest indication yet that he may not be at McLaren next year, commenting at the Spanish Grand Prix Thursday press conference that he will consider a future elsewhere if he does not feel McLaren can give him a competitive vehicle for 2018. So he won't be sticking around another season if it doesn't by the end of this one.

Suffering reliability issues in all four Grands Prix so far this season, Alonso has frequently publicly let his feelings be known via the team radio. "I'm happy with the team, but I'm not winning". We see this power, efficiency, corner speed - things we were missing in the last couple of years.

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"Hopefully we find a solution and can run in P2".

So much finger crossing for signs of progress appears wishful thinking for a team that has yet to score a point.

Champion in 2005 and 2006, the 35-year-old Alonso hasn't added to his 32 victories since winning the Spanish GP in 2013.

Alonso added: "It's tough but it's tougher for McLaren, who bring updates trying to find a millisecond here and there and we can not even run". Towards the end of the session, when we put in more fuel and we were running in similar conditions to everyone else, we were doing more or less the lap time we were expecting, close to our main competitors for the race. "If not, I will be happy to talk to anyone".

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"My intention or first priority is to race here", Alonso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP later this month.

"The driving technique is quite different", Alonso said. "I think Fernando has the reputation he has for many reasons - not just for two championships but for many other reasons - for many races and many years he has been around".

It was a hard start for Fernando at his home race in FP1, when he suffered an engine problem causing him to stop out on track at Turn Two on his first lap out of the garage.

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