Alonso: I'll be back with McLaren, if we're winning

McLaren-Honda's lack of performance is threatening their hopes of persuading two-time champion Fernando Alonso to stay with them next year.

"Yes", Alonso said when asked if he would leave.

"We have to win, and if we are winning before September I will make a decision and I will stay", Alonso added.

Alonso upped the pressure on Thursday by giving Honda and McLaren a September deadline to start winning races again.

McLaren executive director Zac Brown has given a blunt assessment of the team's current position in Formula 1, conceding they've gone backwards in the development race. I am not saying that this is not the case here, but the "machine" surrounding F1 is there, and the leaders do not hide it; They want to provoke wars between the pilots. "So, if you don't see things changing and you are not in a competitive position, maybe you change projects".

It was always going to be an adjustment for Fernando Alonso to return to Formula One, after having so much fun (and doing so well!) in the Indy 500 last month. "They expect to have fun in that race ..."

The Spaniard is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the season, and while he says he will take the decision on his next career move over the summer break in August, it seems increasingly unlikely that he will remain with the British team.

"Engaging and evaluating opportunities we talked about, adding another race in the U.S. in a destination city such as New York, Miami, Las Vegas, continuing to evaluate those things, but priority one is really focusing on making the events we have great". The best vehicle that I can drive is still Formula One.

Lewis Hamilton, who sat alongside Alonso in the pre-race press conference here in Montreal ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, concurred.

The 35-year-old driver said that he would quit if the schedule grew to 25 races, noting it was a quality of life issue for him.

"I started in F1 at the time when there were only 16 races on the calendar, in addition to the tests", recalled the main interested.

"Formula One's made up of a lot of great countries and great races, but there are the exceptional races and there are only a few of them and this race is in that few", he said.

The Honda boss says the only way he can convince McLaren that Honda can turn things around by "delivering a better engine". (Leaders) are continuing to increase the number of events, and I believe that at this time, the season is already quite demanding.

  • Zachary Reyes