Ferrari falls further behind in Formula One championship hunt: Disappointing finishes at Bahrain depart Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen well back in standings

Disappointing finishes at Bahrain depart Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen properly back in standings

By: Adam Cooper on April 6, 2014

The Ferrari team is left trying to turn around a season that is quickly going downhill.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The Ferrari group is left striving to turn close to a season that is speedily going downhill.

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says that the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix was a weekend to forget — and the Italian team will have to make the most of the upcoming test as it attempts to turn items all around.

Best Ferrari contender Fernando Alonso finished ninth and Kimi Räikkönen 10th. The finish left Alonso 4th in the standings, 35 factors behind Nico Rosberg.

“This race supplied an epilogue to a weekend which turned out to be as difficult as we had thought it would be, even prior to arriving in Bahrain,” said Domenicali. “This circuit is specifically challenging for our automobile and Sakhir’s technical traits showed up the gaps in our performance. Now, we need to overlook this race and search ahead, due to the fact I really do not like seeing our drivers fighting difficult everywhere and then currently being unable to attack or defend on the straights.

“We’ve received an essential test ahead of us now, when I count on to see an initial step up in terms of high quality. The group must not get downhearted, even if items have not turned out the way they ought to so far. They have to carry on to function in buy to step up a gear as speedily as feasible.”

Räikkönen has scored just 6 factors in his return to Ferrari and is buried in 12th place in the standings — 54 factors behind the leader.

“[Sunday], we could not have asked a lot more of our car and drivers,” mentioned Ferrari technical director Pat Fry, “because right here our most limiting factor was a lack of top velocity. That meant we had to run a defensive race and even if in the middle sector, the one with the most corners, the F14 T was competitive, it was not ample to let Fernando and Kimi to assault our rivals.

“In Maranello, we are working on solutions to make sure much better power delivery and much better drivability. We are also striving to enhance the efficiency of the car on the aerodynamic front. The information we acquired in today’s race will give a baseline for the major checking plan we have planned for the check, correct here at Sakhir on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

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