Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Alonso: I'll be back with McLaren, if we're winning

Alonso: I'll be back with McLaren, if we're winning

The British outfit are "near our limit", Brown added.

"So, still we are trying hard in Japan, and so as soon as it is ready, we will introduce it". From the results point of view, we demand much improvement.

"We still aren't where we need to be in China". "It's no wonder he has complained and he is frustrated". "Now we keep on increasing the races year after year and I think we are in a number that is quite demanding already. We're working together to improve the situation".

"We were only told recently that we wouldn't have the upgrade coming, and we don't have a definitive timeline, which is concerning because the pain is great and we can't sit around forever", Brown said. The likes of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated the sport in the 1980s and 1990s in McLaren cars powered by the Japanese manufacturer.

McLaren and Honda rekindled its famed partnership from the late 1980s and early '90s in 2015, but has failed to enjoy the same kind of form that yielded multiple world championships in the past.

"So it's got to be in that timeframe that we make decisions on what we think will get McLaren back to the front of the field and we have a strong desire for that to be with Honda".

He said in an interview with BBC Sport on Friday at the Canadian Grand Prix: "The plan right now is to have the Honda in the back of the auto (in 2018) but some things need to happen between now and then for us to have the confidence we can be at the front of the field next year".

Alonso says that shows he can get into any auto in any circuit and be competitive.

"We lost FP1 [13 laps] and then most of FP2 because we didn't have enough time to fix the vehicle". So if the calendar stays between 20 or 21, the range we know from the last couple of years, I will be happy to continue.

Alonso won four Grands Prix for McLaren during his first, single-season stint with the team in 2007.

Fernando Alonso has said he will leave McLaren unless the team can provide him with a winning auto by September, and insisted he would also walk out of the sport if plans to increase the number of races to 25 were implemented.

Brawn ruled out the F1 Group playing any role in trying to find the Spaniard a competitive vehicle in 2018, as former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been known to do with drivers in the past. "We are not in that position so, if you don't see things changing, then maybe you change project".

McLaren have "serious concerns" over whether they can win the world championship with engine partner Honda, says executive director Zak Brown.

Most of all, though, he wants to win again.

"Actually we don't promise", said Hasegawa, denying they would have a new engine for the Montreal race on Sunday. Now the F1 calendar has 20 races in a season with a winter and summer break.

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