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Fernando Alonso threatens to leave McLaren unless team starts winning

• Alonso also says he will leave F1 if season extended to 25 races
• Lewis Hamilton admits Sebastian Vettel has him on back foot

Fernando Alonso has said he will leave McLaren unless the team can provide him with a winning car by September, and insisted he would also walk out of the sport if plans to increase the number of races to 25 were implemented.

Returning to F1 after competing in the Indy 500 where he was running strongly until his Honda engine gave out, Alonso was unequivocal about the need for the manufacturer to drastically improve their power unit. His comments echoed those of McLaren’s executive director, Zak Brown, who warned this week that time was running out for Honda after they failed to bring hoped for upgrades to Canada.

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