McLaren boss Zak Brown was felt “sadness, disappointment and says it was just kind of a state of disbelief” after watching Fernando Alonso’s FP1 end shortly, but had no question with him for immediate leaving and going to play tennis.
During the opening practice session – local hero Alonso came to a shuddering halt on track having completed just three corners after another failure from within his beleaguered Honda engine.
The Spaniard hitched a lift back to the paddock on a scooter before he left the circuit for McLaren’s team hotel to play tennis with his trainer. “Keeping the body active,” the Spaniard wrote on Instagram, accompanied with a halo emoji.
“Sadness… disappointment… just kind of a state of disbelief,” Brown said about his thoughts on Alonso endless to a halt on his out-lap in FP1.
“But you then can’t cry over spilt milk, so [it was about] quickly getting to turning your attention to Stoffel [Vandoorne’s] car and seeing what we learn there.
“He’s gone alright today all things considered, he’s done an exceptional job, then you hope to learn by whatever caused the failure.”
Alonso swiftly left the track as a new power unit was fitted to his MCL32 and went to play tennis instead, something Brown has no issue with.
“I think anything Fernando can do to exercise his frustration is a good thing,” he added.
“If you go sit in a room you just don’t exercise, [you need to] get some energy out, you get built up energy, you expect to go out and do an hour and a half and end up doing something substantially less than that.
“I think going and doing other activities to get your mind off it is healthy.”