'I don't know if that's two or ten or somewhere in between.
He said: "I've got really good communications with everyone in the team and so I have been working with Eric in the previous year and a half".
"We're a bit too slow and a bit too clunky", added the American. We didn't get here overnight and we're not going to fix this overnight. But definitely, I have more experience than probably all the engineers at the track.
"I do not answer questions that contain the word "if", he said sheepishly.
McLaren are now sixth in the constructors' championship on 44 points.
Alonso discarded the notion that he had anything to do with the team's reshuffling, insisting he had not been consulted by McLaren boss Zak Brown. But after a strong start to the season, scoring points in the first five races, they've managed just one in the following four.
"We have to be very realistic and honest with ourselves, with our fans, to say that this is going to be a journey, so I think everyone needs to recognise that".
Brown would not set a firm target for the rest of the season, but insisted the team has not given up on fourth in the constructors' championship - now held by Renault, 18 points ahead.
"We're in a pretty big fight for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh".
"The reason the vehicle is not performing on the track is because we're not performing well as a team", Brown told Sky Sports television.
"What we're going to do is fight like mad to finish fourth in the championship".
"Gil de Ferran takes up the new role of Sporting Director, to maximise the effectiveness of the team's racing package". "It has not enabled them to make decisions quickly enough, I think sometimes there is an appropriate time for decision by committee and then I think there are also times when it should be decisions by individuals, and at times our decision making process and the speed in which we make decisions get gridlocked".
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