Alonso: Having a good race involves a lot of factors including a bit of luck

Fernando Alonso with jammed DRS mechanism on rear wing

Fernando Alonso with jammed DRS mechanism on rear wing

Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso looked forward to better luck in his home Spanish Grand Prix next month after his hopes of victory in Bahrain on Sunday were wrecked by a faulty rear wing.

The double world champion had arrived at the Sakhir circuit on the back of a win in China and was running in second place when the DRS system on the car’s wing jammed open, forcing an unscheduled pitstop.

He then had to race for 50 laps without the benefit of the system to help with overtaking, finishing eighth.

“We definitely didn’t have much luck today and that’s a real shame, at the end of what had been such a positive weekend,” he said, with Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa 15th after having the front wing damaged in a first-lap collision and then suffering punctures.

“After the opening laps, when I thought the rear tyres had gone off, the pit wall informed me that the DRS was stuck. It wasn’t fixed properly at the first stop and so I had to come in for another one.

Fernando Alonso with Andrea Stella on the grid before the race

Fernando Alonso with Andrea Stella on the grid before the race

“From then on, the clear instruction from the pit wall not to use it affected my race. I tried to recover but it was really difficult finding places to overtake without DRS.”

Alonso, a three-times winner in Bahrain, said the car was otherwise good and certainly the best he had driven since he joined Ferrari in 2010.

“Having a good race involves a lot of factors, including a bit of luck. Let’s hope it balances out very soon, maybe even starting in Barcelona, my home race,” he said in a team review of the race.

Ferrari hailed the Spaniard – overall runner-up last year but now fourth in the championship and 30 points off Red Bull‘s leader Sebastian Vettel after four races – for putting in astonishing lap times despite the problem.

“It’s a real shame because even with a damaged car, his race pace was among the best and it should have been enough to see us finish second or even fight for the win,” said technical director Pat Fry.

  • Steve

    “Let’s hope it balances out very soon”

    Ferrari have had by far the fewest mechanical problems of any team over the last few years. If luck balances out, then they are probably due for some more problems.

  • Henk

    @ Steve

    What if they had fewer mechanical problems because they built the car precisely to be more robust? It was slower then though. However, a stuck DRS wing does sound like bad luck: its a standard moveable flap piece, i.e., something designed to fail only once in thousands of times.

  • Marcel

    I wonder why after the first pit stop, no one told Alonso not to use the DRS again, hence it got stock again and he had to come in.
    It reminds me of Malaysia GP when Ferrari did not change his front wing until it ruined his race.
    Decision making problems…?

  • todung

    yallaf1 is truly alonso’s media… :)

  • Steve

    “What if they had fewer mechanical problems because they built the car precisely to be more robust?”

    Then they still need to stop whinging about their non-existent “bad luck”. They had much less bad luck last year than other teams.

  • fools

    and with no DRS to overtake…he still beat Massa :) and grabbed 4 points.

    Not bad at all :) considering the issue