Alonso enjoys beautiful day to take seventh

Fernando Alonso to decide future after summer break

Honda has been working on significant revisions to its V6 engine in a bid to close a major power deficit to leading F1 engine manufacturers Mercedes and Ferrari, which Fernando Alonso estimates to be possibly more than 50bhp. Suffering reliability issues in all four Grands Prix so far this season, Alonso has frequently publicly let his feelings be known via the team radio.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso bounced back from Friday's breakdown during practice, making the third session of qualifying for the first time this year and finishing a season-best seventh, ahead of Sergio Perez of Force India and Felipe Massa in his Williams.

McLaren executive director Zak Brown told BBC Sport: "If we can build him a competitive auto, he will stay".

"I am happy with McLaren, but we are not winning".

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his auto during the third practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

On a wet day in Barcelona, Alonso was in a genial and mischievous mood and said he was looking forward to flying to the United States next week to prepare for the Indianapolis 500.

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The first practice session saw Alonso's weekend get off to the worst possible start as he stopped after two corners with a power unit problem, only returning in FP2.

Alonso's vehicle promptly overheated heading into turn 3 of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and a massive leak caused the auto to snap out from underneath him. Bizarrely, that McLaren F1 auto held it together long enough to make into the final Qualifying 3 session and nab a seventh place start.

The Spaniard's former team Ferrari could prove to be his only hope of a credible exit, however, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen also soon to be out of contract.

Like Friday, Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth. I said we would be more competitive today... The Formula One race will be held on Sunday.

"A handsome day", he declared, beaming in front of his adoring home fans at the Circuit de Catalunya, where he won his last Formula One race, with Ferrari, four years ago. I can feel the vehicle is quick. "It looks like it will be between them and us", Vettel said.

Hamilton described how the same turn can be completely different to handle, depending on the wind.

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