Ferrari well off the pace at Bahrain to fall further behind Mercedes
By: GMM on April 7, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Fernando Alonso leads teammate Kimi Räikkönen at Bahrain on Sunday. The 2 finished 9-10 in the race.
Fernando Alonso insists that Ferrari did a “perfect job” in the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix with the car it currently has, but he acknowledges that the team is not performing at a high enough level to win races.
Alonso and teammate Kimi Räikkönen could manage only ninth and 10th places in Bahrain.
“It was tough, no doubt,” said Alonso. “We would like to do better than what we did today. We will have better Sundays, for sure. On the other hand I think the team did a perfect job. We solved the problem we had yesterday, we changed a few parts, we were not sure which one was the cause of the power loss of yesterday.
“The car was performing at its maximum today. The start was great, the strategy was good, the pit stops were good, so I think we maximized what we had in our hands.
“This was thanks to a good job, but on the other hand we know we are not competitive at the moment, we’;re struggling a little bit, especially with top speed, and when you start at the back and you need to battle that is a benefit.”
Alonso still refuses to accept that Mercedes cannot be caught.
“They are strong, no doubt, but we’;re still thinking that we can catch up. Why not? It’;s only the third race in the championship, a long way to go. We saw also Brawn GP winning the first 5 or 6 races that year  and Red Bull at the end of the year nearly caught up with them. We need to work, it’;s not time to talk, it’;s not time to make excuses, we are not good enough and we will do better.
“It’;s not going to be easy, we know that. There are a couple of things in plan, there is also not the power itself, it’;s also the aerodynamic efficiency we can improve. We will work day and night, starting from this week, we have 2 days testing in Bahrain. Hopefully in China we’;ll see the first step.”
Meanwhile, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo did not even stick around long enough to see Ferrari’;s drivers final place in the finishing order in Bahrain.
The Ferrari president, having earlier admitted to pushing for rule changes to spice up the dull spectacle of F1’;s new era, left the floodlit desert circuit during what many described as one of the best Grands Prix for a decade.
“I don’;t think there is much more to see,” the Italian was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport before leaving the track mid-race. “Seeing a Ferrari so slow on the straight gives me great pain. “I was not expecting much from this race, but something more [than this].
Global Motorsports Media contributed to this report.
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