Alonso jets off to Indy for Monday practice

Rufina Vignone
Mag 19, 2017

Fernando Alonso insists he was not trying to be amusing by posting a picture of himself playing tennis shortly after encountering another Honda engine failure in opening practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso, who has twice won at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, is hoping that McLaren's mechanics have worked wonders in the two weeks since Russian Federation.

Alonso is missing the May 28 Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One's showpiece, to compete at Indianapolis in a Honda-powered McLaren Indy auto run by the Andretti Autosport team.

Comprised of wins in the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, the triple crown only has been won by one pilot, Graham Hill.

Hamilton was fastest in 1 minute, 19.149 seconds, with Vettel only 0.051 behind.

"I like this F1". I'm happy with the team but we are not winning, but if from here to September and October I see an opportunity to win in 2018 I will be more than happy to stay with the team. It is not an ideal start to the weekend but the important thing is on Sunday. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second quickest.

Alonso is yet to finish a race this year. There is still work to do - aerodynamically and mechanically - to be at the level of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Fernando's power unit was changed back to a previous "fixed" unit for Free Practice 2. So you quickly get into turning your attention to Stoffel [Vandoorne]'s vehicle and seeing what we learned there. But the problem solved itself and Vettel continued on the track.

Pushed on whether he felt that there were any grounds to believe that Honda's situation was improving after increasing reliability trouble, Brown said: "I don't know that reliability is getting worse because we haven't had much reliability yet". Yesterday I had a super lap. "In terms of performance, it will be really close". You'd think they'd have plenty of opportunities in the auto, but not this year on this team.

So far, it looks like tweaks made by the title contenders have canceled one other out.

After smooth driving early, gusting winds gave drivers trouble in the afternoon.

"A gust of wind could be victory", Hamilton said. From corner to corner, sometimes you break in the same spot, but you tail off because of a tailwind. The F1 race will be held on Sunday.

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