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

At today's driver's press conference ahead of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, Alonso said he would leave McLaren if the team continues losing.

The 35-year-old Alonso, who debuted in F1 in 2001, took a brief break to try his hand at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago.

"The third world championship is my biggest priority".

After watching Fernando Alonso's bid to win last month's Indy 500 thwarted by a Honda engine failure, Brown said "all options are on the table". "If we are winning before September, or something like that, I will make a decision I will stay".

"I'm not afraid of the future". But at another time I can jump in any auto, in any category, with any tyres, with any rules that I go there and I'm competitive.

Zak Brown, who replaced Ron Dennis at the helm of McLaren at the end of past year, said walking away from its tie-up with Honda was now a real option.

"We're near our limit", Brown said.

"However, so far it hasn't worked", he added.


Beyond this, Liberty Media has spoken openly about the prospect of adding one or two more races inside the United States, such as street races in California and NY. "After three years, we are not in that position".

Brown spoke after it was revealed that Honda had failed to produce expected updates for their engines for this weekend's race, the seventh of the season following a miserably disappointing start to the year.

But said he would not wanted to race in F1 should there be more races - the previous highest number for a season being 21, which was past year. "I started when the calendar was 16 races, plus the tests, and now we keep on increasing the races year after year and I think we are in a number that is quite demanding already".

"Now it is 20-21, with preparation, sponsors, testing and more so and if it is 25, it will be too many for me". At this point of my career I consider a good quality of life more important than to do more seasons in F1. After three years we are not in that position so things have to change, I guess for the team.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented drivers of his generation, Alonso was expected to succeed Germany's seven-time champion Michael Schumacher as the most dominant racer of the past decade.

Honda's progress between now and the second half of the season is also likely to dictate whether Fernando Alonso stays with the team or looks elsewhere for 2018. The frustration has been evident for the Spaniard who won the 2005 and '06 championships with Renault.

Relations between McLaren and Honda have appeared strained for some time, but both parties have been firm in their commitment to one another in the past.

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