Alonso rejoined McLaren in 2015, but has endured a disappointing spell so far as Honda's engine programme has failed to deliver what the team expected. The drip turned into a gushing pour when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track. "It blew up after 400 metres", Alonso told reporters after returning for the second 90-minute practice session.
Asked about what his reaction was when he saw Alonso come to a smoky halt, Brown said: "Sadness".
No sooner had those words been digested than the team hit an embarrassing new low in Friday practice for the Spanish GP, Alonso's home race, when his auto broke down on its installation lap.
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso said he will be open to offers from rival teams if McLaren continues to struggle 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.
When it became clear his vehicle wouldn't be ready to the rest of the morning, Alonso left the circuit and opted to play tennis instead. Now when next week we start the free practice and you start running with all the people around etc., I will hopefully feel a little bit more confident and start understanding what the vehicle needs and what I need as well to be prepared for May 28. I believe that on other weekends we have had trouble-free Fridays and Saturdays only to not finish the race on Sunday.
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McLaren's team radio told him to "stop the auto, stop the auto, engine problem" as liquid dripped from the underside of the vehicle.
"I have the hope that at this grand prix we had our problems on Friday so that on Saturday and Sunday everything will go well". "I have had very little time in recent weeks to train with travelling so when they confirmed I had two hours free, instead of being here watching on television I went for some training". Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP. He hasn't finished a race this season, and his McLaren broke down on the formation lap of the previous Russian GP. "He [Alonso] looked to be on a tennis court so I'm happy with that".
"My intention or first priority is to race next year here", he said.
"If from here to September, or October, I see an opportunity to win in 2018, I'll be more than happy to stay".
Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth, about a second slower than Hamilton.
"Despite having a disappointing day today, we still think we have chance to recover the situation in the coming qualifying and race".