Spanish ace fumes at engine failure as his car is lifted onto a recovery truck with oil and water pouring out from the back
FERNANDO ALONSO stormed out of the Spanish Grand Prix to play tennis after his McLaren suffered another breakdown.
The Spanish ace walked out of the practice session at his home race in disgust after the Honda engine blew in his F1 car.
The failure was another hammer blow to the Woking-based team who have been left highly embarrassed by their awful reliability.
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Alonso’s shock decision to walk out on his team came after lasting for TWO CORNERS on his first run around the circuit in Barcelona.
He fumed: “The engine blew up. It’s the way it is, we miss the first session. I’m sorry for the fans.
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“The engine was not good enough. We came out of the pitlane and there was a hole in the engine, and the oil was streaming out. It blew up after 400 metres.
“We had some issues – first of all, you need to calibrate the engine when you have a new power unit. The first couple of runs, the power was a little inconsistent.
“We ran out of time and we put on a set of tyres where everything was not perfectly calibrated.”
Alonso’s car was lifted onto a recovery truck with oil and water pouring out from the back.
He blamed maligned engine partners Honda, who have failed to deliver a reliable and powerful engine this season.
The double-world champion, who is paid a staggering £25million a year, has yet to reach the chequered flag this season.
He did not even make the start of the Russian Grand Prix when he broke down on the way to the grid.
Their latest failure is a huge blow to the team’s hopes of retaining him for next season after his contract expires.
Only the previous day, the 35-year-old said he would only stay with the team if they gave him a car capable of fighting for wins.
Yet at the moment he cannot even last a race distance, let alone finishing in the points.
Sky F1’s Martin Brundle said: “It’s just unbelievable that they cannot get the thing running.
“The trouble with these latest hybrid engines is that power, efficiency and reliability are all very much one and the same thing.
“If you haven’t got the concept together then the whole lot falls apart and that’s what we’re seeing with the Honda at the moment.”
McLaren’s mechanics worked flat out to replace the engine in his car – a three and a half hour procedure they now have down to a tee.
And he was able to run for part of the second session but finished bottom of the time sheet.