Alonso never really ever had any expectation of finishing in the points, he was anticipating “13th or 14th but in reality, it was looking like last. His optimisms of improvements by Budapest are equally cool.
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.
The new McLaren group unifies McLaren Automotive and McLaren Technology Group with one winning future. Ron celebrated his 70th birthday on June 1st 2017, after 37 years at the helm of McLaren, and 51 years spent working in Formula 1 and other top-level motorsport series.
So to explain the complexities Honda are facing in getting things right, first we must all get get a basic understanding what the things are. This article is in no way complete and (using F1 language,) "for sure" is a very simplified scenario of why Honda are struggling to produce power, any kind of fuel economy, and not least, reliability.
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....
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‘.
The executive committee have now given us our marching orders," said Brown "We’re not going to go into another year like this, in hope."