Fernando Alonso has issued a clear warning to McLaren that he will not re-sign for 2018 unless he wins a race soon.
The two-times world champion has returned to Formula One this weekend after racing at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago.
During today’s pre-race press conference Alonso said the team “have to win” again.
“You know, if we are winning before September or something like that I will make a decision and I will stay,” he said.
Alonso has previously indicated he will not make a decision on his future beyond the end of the season until after the summer break in August.
McLaren executive director Zak Brown indicated this week McLaren will sever its relationship with Honda unless the Japanese manufacturer makes immediate improvements to its power unit.
“What Zak commented yesterday and the Honda thing is probably what you will expect Zak to say,” said Alonso. “He wants to win; he wants to put McLaren again on a contender position for the championship.”
“After three years we are not in that position. Things have to change, I guess, for the team. And the same with me. I want to win, and I joined this project because I wanted to be world champion and we are not in that position.”
“So, if you don’t see things changing and you are not in a competitive position, maybe you change projects. That’s the only think that I can say now, until I sit down with myself in September, October or whatever – after the summer as I always said, I cannot say 100 per cent about anything now. The best decision I will take after summer.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year