More McLaren woes as Alonso's engine fails at Bahrain GP

The Spaniard is readying himself for a hectic schedule which he hopes will include a private test with Andretti Autosport after the Russian Grand Prix, otherwise he will have to make do with two weeks' practice ahead of the race after flying to Indianapolis straight after finishing the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14. Turn 1 is a proper turn as well.

Asked for his reaction to Horner's harsh comments, Brown said, "Fernando's not scared". "He's going to get some testing in, he is studying Indianapolis". He's very smart and that's what you need to be around Indianapolis.

"I think it's probably good for [Alonso]", Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain.

With Alonso's Indy drive only coming together in the last seven days, Boullier says his initial discussion with Button lasted all of "two minutes" before an agreement was reached on the 37-year-old's return.

Button is oozing confidence he will be fit enough despite the six-month gap from his last F1 race. However, the British driver claims that he has done a lot of triathlon training recently and is thus fit to get back into the McLaren F1 auto.

After problems for both Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso in free practice, the latter suffered another stoppage as he was completing his first lap in Q2 in the McLaren MCL32. So I'm expecting a hard race.

"The lap was good, until the last corner I was half a second faster than in Q1, but I went on the throttle and it blew up".

With F1 drivers able to use only four power units without grid penalty during the whole 20-race season, Honda's repeat issues in Bahrain are an unwelcome headache for McLaren amid a general lack of performance from their Japanese suppliers' engine.

"Anytime you have a two-time world champion and McLaren racing all the fans are going to want to see how the Formula One team and the Formula One driver does", Brown said.

Button was widely expected to take Alonso's seat at Monaco. "I like Jenson, I still think he is one of the best drivers ... his caliber is still higher than any other driver who could take that spot, for sure".

  • Julie Sanders