Considering the amount of money Honda has invested in this year’s F1 campaign, and how much that has contributed to the 2017 McLaren entry pot we should understand that McLaren cannot simply walk away or “fire” Honda. It will be up to Honda to decide if they wish to walk away at the end of this year. This sentiment was echoed in today's team representative press conference with Jonathan Neale (McLaren) stating "you can't simply rip up a contract"
Despite a promising performance from the Spec 3 Honda PU in FP2, Alonso's frustrations have continued this afternoon after having to return to the Spec 2 unit due to a "concern" over his Spec 3 unit after an inspection last night. It was decided that "it was not worth the risk".
Fernando Alonso remains level headed following today's practice sessions in Austria. He was 9th fastest in FP1 and 8th fastest in FP2 with a respectable 1m07.510s lap time which is quicker than Schumacher's 2003 1m08.337 record set in 2003 but +1.535s slower than today's fastest from Lewis Hamilton who will (announced this evening - Friday) incur a 5 grid penalty for needing a new gearbox under article 23.5a of the FIA 2017 regulations.
Fernando Alonso's career path has been called into question since his return to McLaren, however, once again his manager, the Italian businessman Flavio Briatore (banned for fixing the Singapore Grand Prix whilst chief of Renault F1) has stirred the hornet's nest once more with his latest promotional statement: ‘Don’t exclude a Ferrari return for Alonso’
Alonso & McLaren. He likes the car and thinks it's up there with the best. The team wants him to stay, the fans definitely want him to stay so will a Merc engine be enough to keep him in 2018? - He was asked that exact question this weekend....
08/06/2017 PART ONE: Fernando ALONSO (McLaren), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Jolyon
McLaren executive director Zak Brown has two racing helmets on a display cabinet in his office, one in the colours of two-times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso and the other belonging to ‘Lando‘.
"I am hopeful that things will improve, but from September or October I will be open to any kind of negotiation, whether with McLaren or any other team."
...and I am sure it was pretty close to this... and only seemingly going one way..
Fernando Alonso - Indy 500 - How it panned out