McLaren power-unit provider – Honda’s motorsport chief Yusuke Hasegawa admits that, it is “very clear” that Fernando Alonso does not want to stay Honda powered McLaren, if it can show progress at upcoming races.
It appears that the fiery Spaniard’s three years of patience are finally up, amid rumours he faked a Honda engine failure to retire from last Sunday’s race at Spa.
Honda power unit is still lacking to rivals Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, restricting Alonso to just two top 10 finishes in 2017.
Hasegawa explained with GPUpdate.net at Monza – it is “very clear” Alonso does not want to be powered by Honda next year, unless it can demonstrate its potential soon.
“It is very clear that currently he doesn’t want to stay with Honda – this is very clear,” said Hasegawa.
“Also, he agreed that [once] he has some, how do I say, hope to Honda, or some expectation, or some possibility that Honda can improve… as soon as we can show him, maybe he [will] change his mind.”
When the source asked how crucial the ongoing developments are in convincing Alonso to stay, Hasegawa said: “Yeah. We can’t stop [bringing updates], so we need to show him some improvement.
“It is very clear: if we don’t introduce anything, and stay with the current performance, McLaren or Fernando doesn’t stay with us – it is very clear.”
Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa told the Japanese source Sportiva that the marque made a clear step forward at Spa.
“We assume that the improvement was one tenth, but in fact it may have been more,” he said.
“It is difficult to see because of the characteristics of Spa, but if we would have run it in Hungary, the result would have been different.”