Alonso gets warned ahead of Canadian GP

Fernando Alonso may be on a high after getting so much love at the Indy 500, and actually being in contention for a win before an engine failure, but the Spaniard has been brought back to reality by McLaren.

The team has told him that there are set to be no changes to the team’s fortunes ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso was forced out of the Indianapolis with 20 laps remaining when he was placed in seventh position due to engine problems akin to those that have encapsulated his 2017 Formula One campaign.

He eventually decided to sit out of the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the endurance event after failing to finish three of the season’s five races this year.

The underperforming Honda power unit has been the biggest hurdle in the way of the team this year as the team is yet to notch a single championship point.

The circuit in Montreal is also not expected to favour their car. Even McLaren boss Eric Boullier said that the team should not expect any results in Canada since the car is not suited to these conditions.

“Of course, we’re very much looking forward to having Fernando back in the car again in Canada, after his McLaren Honda Andretti Indy 500 adventure,” he said. “What he has achieved in just a few short weeks has been phenomenal, and the whole team is looking forward to catching up with him and congratulating him on a hugely impressive performance.

“The nature of the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve is high-speed, with tight chicanes, limited run-off and heavy braking. While its complex traits won’t suit the strengths of our package, we are still pushing the envelope at every race by bringing useful developments that are correlating well and eking out more performance.

“We still have a long way to go, and this circuit will be a tricky platform on which our package is less likely to shine, but we will work hard as always to maximise what we have in our armoury and take advantage of every opportunity on track.”

Uncertainty regarding Alonso’s future remains as Mercedes has been linked with a move to snap up the driver once his contract expires at the end of the year.

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