Alonso braced for 'difficult weekend' in Melbourne

Alonso then completed a trouble-free first day of practice ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, ending the second session 12th.

"We are responsible for McLaren and Hasegawa is responsible for Honda".

After clipping the rear of Esteban Gutierrez's Haas while trying to pass at high speed, the Spaniard's vehicle launched into the air and flipped twice before coming to rest upside down against a barrier. Though the two-time world champion is not going to consider his future until the summer break, Boullier believes the McLaren has of keeping the Spaniard is to deliver a competitive auto to him this season.

Amazingly, Alonso was able to walk away from the crash.

Fernando Alonso is expecting a "difficult" weekend in Melbourne at the first race of the Formula One season after dismal preseason testing.

"No, no. I try always to forget any of the accidents", he said at the pre-race media conference.

"I was happy with the balance of the vehicle and was able to really push it. A big reaction. We will not be 13th all season, or I will not be 13th all season".

After walking away from the wreckage a year ago, Alonso described the fear he experienced while his auto was spinning through the air and admitted luck had shined on him in the opening race.

With debris scattered all over the track, Alonso extracted himself from the wreckage and later said safety improvements had probably saved his life.

"I'm thankful for the safety of these cars".

Fernando Alonso took plenty of positives from his run to 13th in Formula 1 qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, but said the result was "nothing to celebrate" for McLaren. "Hopefully pushing a little bit more and finding the limits because in winter testing we were not able to push at any time".

"So we have to have the feet on the ground knowing we have some problems to solve".

Alonso, who said the Honda unit was delivering "no power" and "no reliability" at testing, is hopeful the situation will have improved since Barcelona to the point where they can at least start to push for more competitive lap times in the MCL32. We did not add as many laps as we expected, but compared to the tests it was a bit better.

  • Arturo Norris