Alonso hush on Mercedes engine reports

Date published: March 23 2017

Fernando Alonso has refused to comment on reports that McLaren have approached Mercedes regarding an engine supply deal as they fear another difficult season with Honda.

McLaren experienced a pitiable pre-season as their Honda engine was both unreliable and slow.

That meant the Woking team covered less laps than they did in the build-up to 2016, and they were slowest of all excluding Sauber, who are running year-old engines.

This has led to reports that McLaren have approached Mercedes to enquire about a possible engine deal for 2018.

Alonso, though, is refusing to comment on the matter.

“That’s a question for the team,” the Spaniard told Sky F1.

“Obviously, I know and I’m aware about some speculation and some things that went out [in the press], but I will not enter [the discussion] too much.

“I will just drive at my best and hopefully the team can answer that question tomorrow.”

As for whether a move to a more competitive engine would be convince the double World Champion to stay at McLaren beyond 2017, he replied: “I don’t know.”