Alonso enters Sunday’;s race 19 factors back of leader Nico Rosberg
By: Adam Cooper on 4/05/2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Fernando Alonso competent 10th but will start off ninth in Bahrain thanks to the 10-area grid penalty dished out to Daniel Ricciardo.
Fernando Alonso was hampered by a reduction of straight line overall performance in excess of the course of qualifying in Bahrain, a handicap that led to him to a disappointing 10th location qualifying energy for Sunday’;s Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Alonso will start ninth nonetheless, as Daniel Ricciardo — who competent third — will serve a 10-area grid penalty for a pit road infraction in Malaysia.
“I was shedding energy all through the qualifying,” said Alonso. “So every run I was going out the automobile felt slower and slower on the straights. In Q2 I did 34.5 seconds, in Q3 with significantly less fuel and better track conditions I did 34.9. However, when it counts, we did not have the package obtainable. We need to have to look, is it some thing damaged in the aerodynamics or the floor or no matter what that tends to make the car slower? Or one thing in the electrical power unit.
“Sometimes there are some software program tweaks or something, it truly is sufficient, or some alterations on the steering wheel. We want to verify if we did anything throughout the qualifying. It just appeared to drop power slowly.”
Alonso stays optimistic for the race: “We begin ninth with the Ricciardo penalty, so we begin on the clean side. We want to have a excellent start off and a very good strategy if we want to recover. Folks around us are quite fast, [Nico] Hulkenberg commencing behind, [Sebastian] Vettel. We have to seem at the front, and also sturdy individuals at the rear. We need to have an aggressive race. We have nothing at all to drop — we are almost out of the points presently, so we need to increase.”
Alonso,who drives for Ferrari, is third in the factors, 19 behind leader and Bahrain pole sitter Nico Rosberg.
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