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Fernando Alonso expected to slump even without clash

18 May 2017

Alonso was the star of the show in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he put his Honda-powered MCL32 up into seventh place on the grid. In that time he has travelled to America to visit the IndyCar paddock in Alabama and conduct his highly-publicised test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as contesting F1 race weekends in Bahrain, Russia and now Spain.

"The cars in front were making contact and I took a risk", said Alonso of his start.

With the new engine in place, Vettel's vehicle gave him a scare when he slowed down just two laps into qualifying, and his team ordered him to return to the garage.

"It was my decision", he said. I've had very little time in the last few weeks to train, and my dedication is still 100 per cent on my fitness and my preparation.

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"So when I discovered that I had two hours free, instead of being on the sofa and watching television, I went for some training". It is nothing we can change. "It is a long run down the first turn, so it is important to get a good start". It wasn't humour or a amusing thing to go outside the circuit.

IndyCar boss Mark Miles thinks Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 adventure is good not only for the American series, but also for Formula 1.This week, F1 chief Chase Carey said of the McLaren-Honda. After suffering an engine failure on the formation lap ahead of the Russian Grand Prix Alonso says Honda's early problems in Barcelona were not a surprise.

Honda is still chasing answers to why Alonso's engine blew-up after encountering a sudden oil pressure loss just three corners into an installation lap at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Following the race, when asked what he plans to do on the slight over, he joked sleep would high on his agenda as practice begins immediately on Monday.

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"Friday lap-times are rarely a reliable barometer of actual relative performance, of course; but, even so, we're pleased that we now have data sufficient to do the necessary number-crunching prior to FP3 tomorrow morning and quali tomorrow afternoon".

"It was more-or-less expected that we would have these problems right now, so it was a shame because here in front of the home people it's frustrating".

Stoffel Vandoorne: "I've definitely had one of my best Fridays so far".

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Fernando Alonso expected to slump even without clash