It's Honda's problem, not mine, says Fernando Alonso

Alonso's home fans had barely settled in their seats for practice at the Spanish Grand Prix before his car's Honda engine blew in a mess of smoke and oil. "We executed qualifying well and I felt confident in the vehicle". "Fernando did an incredible job".

"So unless that situation changes, I don't want to contribute to rumours out there that are false and I think are damaging for Honda, and create hard standpoints from teams or other stakeholders".

"For me, it was a good qualifying for us and P7 is a gift so we'll see what we can do tomorrow".

He went off to play tennis, spending more time on the court than in the auto that day, before returning to prop up the timesheets in the afternoon and discuss the damage to Honda's reputation.

Alonso finished bottom of the timing screens in the second session, but was able to complete twenty-one laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and he admitted that the pace showed was not that representative of where they should be, having had very little time to calibrate the new power unit that was fitted to his MCL32 between sessions.

He was far quicker than highly-rated rookie team mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who qualified 19th, and in the top 10 on the grid for the first time this year.

More news: Wizards force Game 7 after Wall 3-pointer, Thomas miss at buzzer

Bizarrely, that McLaren F1 vehicle held it together long enough to make into the final Qualifying 3 session and nab a seventh place start.

Asked whether he was confident he would be starting and finishing on Sunday, the 35-year-old was unwilling to tempt fate. How we build the speed from Q1, 1m22.0 to 1m 21.0, that second is just getting confidence and risking more without a bad surprise from the auto.

"Conditions were quite tricky, quite windy, but my auto was always giving me confidence that I was able to push 100 percent". "But still I'm not sure that we can".

"Some weekends start in a good way and everything goes in the wrong direction".

Fernando Alonso spent more time on the tennis court than driving his ailing McLaren on Friday, with his tilt at the Indy 500 looking ever more inviting after another dark day on the Formula One racetrack.

"Hopefully we improve the situation, not only the performance side but the reliability because sometimes we could take some points and the past and we had to stop the auto". "But not only to race but also to win", said Alonso in a report published by AutoWeek. There are six cars - two Mercedes, two Ferraris, two Red Bulls - that will be unbeatable for the next couple of races, so to fight for seventh place in Monaco?

Related Articles

  • No. 19 Men's Tennis Opens NCAA Regional in Gainesville

    No. 19 Men's Tennis Opens NCAA Regional in Gainesville

    The Bulldogs (11-7) are now 2-1 in NCAA Opening Round contests and a flawless 2-0 when hosting. We were pretty proud of that record , and hopefully we can have the same result this time.
    Bill O'Reilly talks about his firing from Fox News

    Bill O'Reilly talks about his firing from Fox News

    I felt bad not only for me and my staff, but for the viewers and listeners because they really had no idea what had happened. From now on, when I 'm attacked I'm going to take action, mostly legal action", he said.
    Indian diplomat caught taking pictures in Islamabad High Court

    Indian diplomat caught taking pictures in Islamabad High Court

    The Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) had earlier said that Uzma, will be repatriated only after all legal requirements are completed. Singh later issued a written apology, the report added. "I fully apologise for the attempt of using mobile in court by mistake.
  • Contreras 2 HRs Help Cubs Stop

    Contreras 2 HRs Help Cubs Stop

    Happ took St Louis ace Carlos Martinez deep in the seventh inning for an estimated 413-foot blast with Albert Almora Jr. on base. CARDINALS KEY TRENDS: The Cardinals are now 16-5 in their last 21 games after going 6-0 on their most recent road trip.
    Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier

    Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier

    But the sportswear company Nike had spent two years and invested millions to ensure this would be the fastest marathon in history. They also sponsor Dennis Kimetto, who has run the official world record of 2:02:57, and Wilson Kipsang, whose PR is 2:03:13.
    Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

    Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

    Ajax is through to the Europa League finale, despite a 3-1 loss against Olympique Lyon on Thursday. The goalkeeper's clearance exposed the hosts, who were left two versus two at the back.
  • Home's where the heart is for Wiz, Celtics as Game 6 arrives

    The Washington Wizards are averaging 109.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Al Horford has been everything the Celtics wanted when they signed him to the ginormous contract over the offseason.
    Lighthizer confirmed as USA  trade representative

    Lighthizer confirmed as USA trade representative

    The minister said expanding bilateral commerce, not restricting it, was key to reducing the U.S. -Mexico trade deficit. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who spent the previous eight years in Congress fighting a Democratic White House on trade.
    Klopp remaining patient in pursuit of Liverpool transfer targets

    Klopp remaining patient in pursuit of Liverpool transfer targets

    Bilic has stated that West Ham have next season in mind and Kouyate has undergone surgery to be fit to feature in 2017-18. They have only lost one of their last 10 top-flight matches in London - their 2-0 defeat at West Ham on 2 January 2016.
  • Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US

    Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US

    The CDC attributes this to the fact that injection drug use is increasing as the opioid epidemic ravages the United States. When they first appeared on the market, these treatments made headlines and garnered criticism for their high price tags.
    Maryland clears 368 MW of offshore wind projects

    Maryland clears 368 MW of offshore wind projects

    The project was created to serve as an example of the tremendous potential that offshore wind power holds for the United States . Each company must notify the Commission by May 25, 2017 whether it accepts the conditions of approval contained in the order.
    AG Josh Shapiro issues multiple charges against engineer in 2015 Amtrak crash

    AG Josh Shapiro issues multiple charges against engineer in 2015 Amtrak crash

    The NTSB investigation found that Bostian was distracted by radio conversations about other trains being hit with projectiles. Criminal charges have been filed against the engineer of the Amtrak train in the deadly crash in Philadelphia in May of 2015.