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Alonso enjoys beautiful day to take seventh

Alonso enjoys beautiful day to take seventh”

Collectively, McLaren's Honda F1 power unit has moved beyond mere "letdown" status into a full-on disaster, but he does appreciate all the work they do to try to get it to work.

Alonso finished 1.9 seconds slower than pole victor Lewis Hamilton, but he defied expectations by beating out all the other teams that can't compete with Hamilton's Mercedes and challengers Ferrari and Red Bull.

Alonso said in a press conference that if things did not improve by September, he would be listening to any offer from another team for next season.

Alonso's home fans had barely settled in their seats for practice at the Spanish Grand Prix before his car's Honda engine blew in a mess of smoke and oil.

"I try to support the team as much as possible and give everything in the vehicle".

McLaren executive director Zak Brown told BBC Sport: "If we can build him a competitive auto, he will stay".

I'm happy with the team, but we are not winning.

Alonso has yet to finish a race in 2017 and despite new upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prox he was only able to complete two corners in Barcelona before his auto failed again.

Fernando Alonso has finished just one of the four F1 Grands Prix so far this season.

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"A attractive day", he declared, beaming in front of his adoring home fans at the Circuit de Catalunya, where he won his last Formula One race, with Ferrari, four years ago.

And despite two weeks to work on their auto, McLaren has made no progress.

Like Friday, Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth.

It was Hamilton's 64th career pole and his third in five races this year, putting the three-time world champion in position to challenge Vettel for the series lead on Sunday.

F1 leader Vettel also had a mishap early on, when what he suspected to be an issue with his gearbox forced him to stop coming out of pit lane.

"I don't think that 50 is enough", said Alonso when asked after qualifying if an extra 50bhp would allow him to be on pole. Both times were faster than Hamilton's quickest lap from Friday. I can feel the vehicle is quick. "It was definitely a good qualifying for us, and P7 is a gift".

Hamilton described how the same turn can be completely different to handle, depending on the wind.

Alonso's shock decision to walk out on his team came after lasting for TWO CORNERS on his first run around the circuit in Barcelona.



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