Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa says that Fernando Alonso has made it very clear that he does not want to be part of the Honda story in the future. Honda rejoined Formula 1 in 2015 supplying McLaren with engines, however the partnership is yet to get close to success.
Alonso's contract with the Woking squad expires at the end of the current season and it is not yet known where the Spaniard will be next year. There may be a seat open at IndyCar, but reports are that he would remain with McLaren if it was to ditch Honda.
"It is very clear that currently he doesn't want to stay with Honda – this is very clear," Hasegawa told GPUpate.net. "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."
Speaking about the need for upgrades, Hasegawa added: "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."
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