So what that Alonso is racing the Indy 500?

MS: Granted, Alonso's passion for F1 has been dampened by the start to 2017 that McLaren have made, but what is he really going to achieve in IndyCar?

After teammate Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start due to an MGU-H failure - which had afflicted Alonso in qualifying - Fernando added: "Stoffel had so much bad luck this weekend, and not being able to even participate, it's awesome".

"I've never raced with less power in my life". Other drivers were already saying how excited they were by his potential return, even before Friday's announcement.

It was a very short discussion and very easy.

Alonso: "Do whatever you want, man".

When asked if he remained confident Alonso would stay at McLaren, Brown told Sky Sports F1: "Well if we give him a good race auto we will keep him, I'm confident of that".

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Veteran British driver Jenson Button will step in for Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix next month.

"The deficit in power and performance we had on the straights today was incredible", the Spaniard said, turning his anger into sarcastic humor. Sometimes I looked in the mirrors at the beginning of the straights and saw the other cars 300, 400 metres behind, so I forgot completely about that vehicle and started changing settings on the steering wheel and doing my own things, then the next thing I see when I come on the brakes is that auto alongside me.

McLaren's decision to let Alonso compete in the Indy 500 - and miss a Monaco race which is expected to offer the team their best prospect of scoring points at the start of 2017 - has been interpreted as a negotiation ploy to keep the two-time world champion happy and persuade him to stay.

Engineer: "Fernando, we are considering Plan B, how are the tires?" "You fight in a fair way with everyone, but you don't enjoy the battle". The fact that the Andretti Racing, McLaren-entered auto is Honda-powered also means Honda gets some halo rather than just negativity from its Alonso association.

Alonso will compete at Indy for Andretti Autosport, run by the former McLaren F1 driver Michael Andretti, whose team - powered by a Honda engine - won the race previous year with Alexander Rossi, a rookie with at least a little oval experience.

"We'll see what we can do from now to Russian Federation, because we need to really do better than here". Fernando failed to finish and Stoffel failed to start. You have conversations and we're not going to put all our eggs in one basket. "It was a bad day for McLaren-Honda and there is no point in pretending otherwise..."

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