Alonso gives McLaren deadline to win

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I think Formula One is back in a way.

On expiry of his contract by the end of 2017, the Spaniard said: "I am hopeful that things will improve, but from September or October I will be open to any kind of negotiation, whether with McLaren or any other team".

Fernando Alonso rued the latest miserable day of his recent Formula One career after his McLaren was struck down by further Honda reliability woes during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I like this F1", he said of the new breed of machinery.

Exactly four years on from his last victory, which he claimed at the same circuit, Alonso's home race weekend got off to a miserable start as his vehicle broke down after just three corners in FP1.

Alonso is enduring a wretched start to the season. He hasn't finished a race this season, and his McLaren broke down on the formation lap of the previous Russian GP.

"This will be an important race, and people are starting to bring couple more bits", he said breezily.

As a result, Alonso decided the best way to prove his talent as a racer, not just a Grand Prix driver, was to begin his quest for the triple crown. "Hopefully this is the starting point of a new championship for us", said Alonso.

This is not unlike Alonso's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne's decision to hit the treadmill during the race when his McLaren blew up in Bahrain.

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His actions could be viewed as a very public gesture to those at Honda to solve the issues which have thwarted both his and McLaren's season.

The Spaniard hoped that his performance would lift spirits within the McLaren-Honda camp after a hard start to the season, adding: "I'm happy for the team as well because they work so much. I still hope to be happy in the second half of the year".

Alonso is yet to finish a race this year.

Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Alonso will then take a break from F1 to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500.

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.

"The driving technique is quite different", Alonso said.

"I'm exhausted from this race and I'm thinking how to rest on the plane as at 09:00 tomorrow I am due to drive in free practice in Indianapolis!"

Despite his optimism of the front, the new event of Alonso further darkens his future at McLaren-Honda, while he did not finish a single race in the first four Global Positioning System of the season.