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Alonso's McLaren gushes liquid in breakdown during practice


Fernando Alonso astonished fans and Formula One rivals on Saturday by qualifying seventh for his home Spanish Grand Prix in a McLaren that had been the slowest auto on track a day earlier - when actually moving.

Alonso qualified his McLaren-Honda in a season-high seventh position at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday and enters the race with his best chance of points this year.

It was a hard start for Fernando at his home race in FP1, when he suffered an engine problem causing him to stop out on track at Turn Two on his first lap out of the garage.

"It's clear that in 2017 he's not going to win any championships here, so he's thinking about where he can win races in 2018".

One of the main reasons Hill's feat hasn't been repeated also partly is why Alonso's first oval race will be worth watching. So together with McLaren, we will go there with some people, a group of engineers, helping Andretti's team and maybe thanks to this different approach, the more scientific approach, I will have something extra.

Alonso is out of contract at the end of this season and has said he wants to stay in F1 if he can find a auto that will allow him to fight at the front.

With Sauber scoring points, courtesy of eighth for Pascal Wehrlein, McLaren is the only team yet to register a top 10 finish this season.


But the two-time title victor has now set his sights on securing McLaren's first points on Sunday in what has been a miserable year so far for both Alonso and the British team. "I preferred to do some sport, so that if the vehicle was ready I would be, too", Alonso said. "I try to drive as fast as I can but it's a much bigger problem for them".

In the morning, Alonso had just made his entry on the track before his Spanish fans, when he stopped at the third corner, rear wheels blocked.

"The engine was not good enough", Alonso said.

And despite two weeks to work on the vehicle, McLaren has made no progress.

"I don't know what Mercedes was up to".

Hamilton handled the changing wind direction well on his first run, which took 1m 19.149s.

"As I said at the beginning of the year, this is my last year with the contract I have now with McLaren so I will have to think a little bit after the summer", he told a media conference.

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