Fernando Alonso refused to say point blank that McLaren need to rid themselves of the Honda engine in order to retain his services for next season, but the implication was there.
The double World Champion ran as high as P7 after a flying start but three laps later was down in 10th place.
He labelled McLaren-Honda’s pace “embarrassing, very embarrassing” as he continued to fall down the order.
Alonso was 14th when he retired, parking his MCL32 in the McLaren pits.
“No there was a problem, an engine issue,” the Spaniard after being questioned about his motives behind retiring the car.
“It was difficult, the points were impossible today so we’ll see what we can do next week.”
Asked straight out k if he needed McLaren to change engine suppliers in order to hold onto him for 2018, he evaded the question.
“I think we’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.
“I’m happy with the team, I think we are in a tough season but McLaren is one of the best teams in the world and I’ll be happy to keep working with them.
“But we need to see how things evolve in the next couple of weeks.”