Alonso's McLaren gushes liquid in breakdown during practice

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares

McLaren's team radio told him "stop the auto, stop the auto, engine problem" as a pool of liquid dripped from the underside of the vehicle.

The drip turned into a gush of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.

By then, Alonso was being ferried back to the paddock on the back of a scooter, meekly waving to some of the local fans who came to give the Spaniard a much needed boost.

The closest McLaren-Honda have been to lift-off this year.

"It's a question for Honda not for me".

Honda is still chasing answers as 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.

Alonso added: "It's tough but it's tougher for McLaren, who bring updates trying to find a millisecond here and there and we can not even run".

Alonso left the circuit in order to play tennis, before returning for the second session, and Brown defended his driver's actions.

"I don't know", Brown responded when asked how hard it would be to maintain Alonso beyond 2017.

He was last on the timesheets and reported that the engine was even slower.

One of the main reasons Hill's feat hasn't been repeated also partly is why Alonso's first oval race will be worth watching. He had to abandon the Russian GP last round when his vehicle broke down on the formation lap.

Having failed to start in Russian Federation two weeks ago due to an engine failure on the formation lap, Alonso departed the Barcelona circuit after a few choice words and later posted a picture on Instagram of himself playing tennis. Despite that run of form, Alonso says he is happy at the team and plans on remaining in F1 next year but will only do so with a team that gives him the possibility to win the title. Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP this month.

In the rest of opening practice, Mercedes registered the top-two times under sunny skies in northeastern Spain after Thursday's showers. Hamilton lowered his own best lap time after lunch, with Bottas only 0.090 seconds slower. Shortly after exiting the garage in FP1 a mechanical issue caused an oil leak forcing him to stop out on track.

McLaren, the second most successful team in Formula One history in terms of race wins, have yet to score a point in four rounds of this year's championship and are last in the standings.

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