Fernando Alonso: If McLaren wins by September, I'll stay for 2018


"Yes", Alonso said when asked if he would leave.

"It will all come together", said Brown, who said there were some big decisions to make in the next 90 days with the team needing to plan for the new auto and give Alonso a reason to stay. Winning by September is not on the cards for McLaren and his options to go elsewhere are extremely limited but he insisted he would move on.

"We want to work in partnership with our teams in terms of determining where we go, but our view is that we'd like to go above 21 (races)", Formula One's commercial managing director Sean Bratches told Reuters last week.

"I joined this project because I wanted to be World Champion, and we are not in that position, so if you don't see things changing, if you are not in a competitive position, maybe you change project".

Alonso also said he does not want Formula One to expand its schedule by a handful of races. This race will also see Fernando Alonso return to his McLaren auto after his one-off race in the Indy 500. "If the calendar stays in the range we've known in the last couple of years, I would be happy to stay, but if it keeps increasing like NASCAR to 40 or 50 races, it is not for me". Given that it's more likely for space cats to discover unobtanium on Saturn by then, I think this is a nice way of telling everyone that he's available for hire early on in the season. I think I developed my skills to drive F1 cars for the last 16 years, so the best vehicle that I can drive is still a Formula One auto. I started when the calendar was 17 races plus the tests. The likes of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated the sport in the 1980s and 1990s in McLaren cars powered by the Japanese manufacturer.

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With its geometric chevron design, the brooch piqued the interest of buyers to achieve £81,250. It is a good looking ring. "But it was bought as a costume jewel".

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve has had changes for safety purposes since previous year. Alonso said he would make a decision in September or October, but his entire answer was much more involved that just that.

As the team desperately waits for upgrades to arrive in time for the Canadian GP, they are loosing hope in Honda's ability to deliver.

He was off the pace all weekend in Russian Federation, then at the last round in Monaco he could not hook up the auto again and failed to make the final session of qualifying. Both Stoffel Vandoorne and Button reported positively on the new upgrades and reliability, despite neither driver finishing the Grand Prix.

"Formula 1 is obviously made up of a lot of great countries, a lot of great races", Hamilton said. "We have done some analysis but we will find whether or not there are new things we can improve on this weekend".