Alonso heads straight from F1 to Indy

Unfortunately, he missed FP1 and didn't do so many laps in FP2, so it still shows that reliability is one of the key issues we have to work on for the next few races.

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.

Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid.

That could mean extending his contract with McLaren-Honda - now nearing the end of its purported three-year term - but only if the partnership begins to bear fruit. "I could feel what the auto had there, but I just couldn't get to it".

Alonso managed to do 21 laps in the second practice session in the afternoon, but he finished last.

"It is essential that Honda continues to revise their approach to get more power and more reliability in the back of their vehicle, and I believe they are working hard at improving the situation". "I think this is a circuit where it's hard to overtake, we will try to keep the position".

His 12th place was still Alonso's first race finish of 2017 and McLaren's best result of the year so far. "I don't have 100 percent confidence", he said.

At the moment, I don't have aby obligations towards McLaren, I'm happy with the team, but we're not winning.

Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland
Other passengers suffered minor cuts, scrapes and bruises, and were taken to the hospital by ambulance or evaluated at the scene. The crash took place around 9:30 a.m., closing all lanes of I-95 in both directions, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

By then, Alonso was being ferried back to the paddock on the back of a scooter, meekly waving to some of the local fans who had come to give the Spaniard a much needed boost.

Alonso is yet to see the chequered flag this season, having retired from the first three races of the year and failed to start last time out in Russian Federation.

Hamilton and Vettel both pointed to the unpredictable gusts of wind - in otherwise ideal sunny conditions - that have troubled drivers all weekend.

"The team have brought a really great package here", he said.

But Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: "We are not doing anything for Honda, that is the current status quo".

"My intention, and my first priority, is to race here (F1) next year, but not just to race..."

Following the race, when asked what he plans to do on the slight over, he joked sleep would high on his agenda as practice begins immediately on Monday.

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