Fernando Alonso in seventh heaven with slow-moving McLaren

Fernando Alonso in seventh heaven with slow-moving McLaren

FERNANDO ALONSO stormed out of the Spanish Grand Prix to play tennis after his McLaren suffered another breakdown.

As for what had inspired him on Saturday, he said the fans and that "maybe running in the ovals I learned to go quick on the straights".

"I try to support the team as much as possible and give everything in the vehicle".

"On the chassis side we have more or less confirmed what we have thought from the opening races", said Alonso.

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The double-world champion, who is paid a staggering £25million a year, has yet to reach the chequered flag this season.

On Thursday, he told a news conference he would be open to offers from other teams if McLaren-Honda were not able to develop a potential race-winning auto for 2018 before the end of August. I said we would be more competitive today...

"I was preparing myself yesterday for qualifying".

He spoke alongside team director Eric Boullier and Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa, both looking relieved to not have to again explain why their cars have taken a step back.

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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. With its rougher surface and tricky curves, the track gives slower cars like his McLaren a fighting chance. When we complete my full last lap in a Formula 1 vehicle which was on the Saturday in Russian Federation because on Sunday we didn't manage to complete the formation lap and here we could not manage to complete the out lap. He marked the importance of a good start in order to protect his position. "There is no point in setting a target for the race, we'll just do our best and see where we end up". Alonso has already chose to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP this month.

"I have minus zero regrets about missing Monaco", Alonso said. "But not only to race but also to win", said Alonso in a report published by AutoWeek. "Fernando's performance shows the auto is going in the right direction, so let's see where he ends up in the race".

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti). Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his auto during the third practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Mclaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his auto during the qualifying session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

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