Alonso's McLaren breaks again, Mercedes soars in practice

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain left pauses next to Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso during a press conference at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo just outside Barcelona Spain Thursday

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain left pauses next to Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso during a press conference at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo just outside Barcelona Spain Thursday

In an interview with Efe on Thursday, Alonso said that he will take a break to think about his future after the end of the races in July, reports Efe. With two wins in four races, Vettel has a 13-point advantage over Hamilton in the standings.

FERNANDO ALONSO stormed out of the Spanish Grand Prix to play tennis after his McLaren suffered another breakdown. If, before September or October, l see a possibility that we are in a position to win in 2018, l will be more than happy to stay with the team.

Mercedes said that after it fixed an electrical problem in the power unit of Bottas' auto, the team was forced to change the engine altogether due to a water leak.

It still feels weird to be excited about a McLaren only qualifying seventh, and Alonso beating a Force India, but it's a small sign of progress that I'm sure will lead to an even larger crushing disappointment if and when the McLaren's Honda engine fails us again.

Mclaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his auto during the qualifying session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The team are doing their best to persuade Alonso to re-sign and have put together a programme for him to compete in the Indianapolis 500 later this month.

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.

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Bottas ran well through Friday's two practice sessions, clocking the second-fastest times behind Hamilton in both.

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

"It has to be a combination of the two", said Alonso when asked if his strong performance was down to the driver or vehicle.

Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth, about a second slower than Hamilton.

Like Friday, Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday.

"I think yesterday we saw the vehicle had some potential, the upgrades were working OK so I remained optimistic, maybe not as optimistic as seventh". "I have a good feeling for tomorrow".

"It was definitely a good qualy for us, P7 is a gift", he said. 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.

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