Alonso heads one-two on Ferrari debut

2010 Bahrain Grand Prix review

Fernando Alonso got his Ferrari career off to the perfect start

Fernando Alonso got his Ferrari career off to the perfect start

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix on his first appearance for Ferrari.

He took the lead from pole sitter Sebastian Vettel, who was struck by an exhaust failure while leading.

Felipe Massa followed his team mate home in second place giving Ferrari a one-two finish in the first race of the season.

Alonso began the race behind his team mate but passed him on the run to the first corner, leaving him perfectly placed to profit from Vettel’s problem.

Lewis Hamilton completed the podium for McLaren after losing time behind Nico Rosberg early in the race. An early pit stop allowed him to easily jump the Mercedes for fourth before taking third from Vettel.

Vettel slipped back into the clutches of Rosberg in the dying laps of the race but managed to get his car home in fourth before pulling to a halt.

Michael Schumacher’s comeback drive was a quiet run to sixth behind his team mate. Jenson Button and Mark Webber caught him towards the end of the race but neither were able to pass.

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Rubens Barrichello became the first drivers in F1 history to score points for ninth and tenth.

Of the new runners, neither of the HRT or Virgin cars finished their first race. Lotus got both of their cars home in the last two places, though Trulli was coping with an hydraulic problem.

2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

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156 comments on Alonso heads one-two on Ferrari debut

  1. Dennis said on 14th March 2010, 14:53

    Well Ferrari changed engines before the race, RBR didn’t and this made the difference today I think. It’s a shame for Vettel indeed but the Ferrari’s have shown how reliable they are at a high level. It’s a strong team, the others are not far behind. RBR in pure pace might be a little better (very little though!) but the’re not reliable with that renault-engine, they weren’t last year, they aren’t this year so far. McClaren seemed OK. At least Hamilton did well as he mostly does. Button and Webber couldn’t pass Schumacher. They should have finished higher looking at their teammates results. Especially Webber was struggling today. Mercedes just lack a little pace compared to the other three teams. Not much but I felt that RBR and Ferrari were a little bit ahead of McClaren and a little more of Mercedes. In 14 days race 2!

  2. Bartholomew said on 14th March 2010, 14:54

    I think this is the beginning of a New Era : Fast Fred and the Spaghetty Special will rule for several years.

  3. Vishy said on 14th March 2010, 14:58

    A very boring race. Absolutely no passing at the front. The only passing was a done over a sick car. Hamilton beind Roseberg, Webber behind Button, Button behind Schumi, none made an impression. Hope this is only limited to the track in general.

    I was hoping for tyre strategy to make a difference, but apparently not. None of teams suffered from tyre degradation to the extent as to compromise their race pace. Fuel consumption was actually a bigger factor than tyres.

    Any ideas on the points spread? Somehow I get a feeling the title will be decided much sooner than the past few years.

  4. vettelfan said on 14th March 2010, 15:04

    Gutted for Vettel, I really thought that his tyre wear would be to high for him to stay ahead of the Ferraris, but it was a mechnical problem :( Glad he managed to hold off Rosberg and keep 4th though.

    Just really really hope that better races are too come, because today’s race was rather dull.

  5. BasCB said on 14th March 2010, 15:04

    A shame, we did not see Alonso having to really fight for it. He said he had some speed in reserve (and showed it in the last laps, 14+ seconds on Massa!)

    Bahrein did not give us the most exiting race. I am still not sure about the new section, because it eliminated some possibilities to get quick behind oter cars.

  6. BBQ2 said on 14th March 2010, 15:05

    Congratulations to the red car brigade …… :( At least, JB did not drop from his quali-pos. like Kova normally does. Though JB is a defending Champion.

    And I almost slept off …. Now, I must consider if Aussie will be worth waking up earlier.

  7. Katy said on 14th March 2010, 15:09


    That is all.

  8. the-muffin-man said on 14th March 2010, 15:11

    God, that was dull.

  9. the-muffin-man said on 14th March 2010, 15:12

    But seriously – I believe the engineers know far too much about their cars during a race and some sort of telemetry ban should be imposed.

    Let things fail, let engines blow up – make the drivers manage their cars, not the engineers in the pits. Fair enough let the car collect the data so they can examine it after the race, but not during.

    And as for the eight engines and gear boxes made to last four races rules – FFS – this is F1 not LeMans.

  10. Rahim.RG said on 14th March 2010, 15:26

    I feel so bad for Vettel…..I hope its not the end for vettel as its the guy who wins the 1st race goes on to win the championship so i hope its not the case this time…..

    Go VETTEL……U r the one i’ll be supporting the whole season….Cant believe its gonna be a gr8 battle between Force India and Williams

  11. sumedh said on 14th March 2010, 15:28

    The most exciting part was laps 17 to 19 when pit-stops were happening and there was a chance that some drivers might jump others.

    It might be too soon to pass a judgement on ban on re-fuelling. But advocates of this ban will find precious few points in favor of the ban.

    Aerodynamics has improved to an abnormally high level now. Vettel could stave off Rosberg and Schumacher even with a broken exhaust. That says it all.

    Look at how quick Vettel was at the start of the race when he was in free air. Look at how quick Fernando was when he got into the lead. Look at how quick Fernando was once he was about 4 seconds behind Vettel. There was no way he could have passed Vettel in the dirty air.

    Purists might argue the merits of ‘passing on track’ to ‘passing in pits’ but honestly, ‘passing on track’ is going to be insanely tough unless the car to be overtaken is a Lotus, HRT or Virgin.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Overtaking on track will be for the backmarkers only.

      Best season in years….all our hopes are dashed


  12. johnno said on 14th March 2010, 15:28

    do we think it is a coincidence that the v-nosed cars were the fastest? if not, do mclaren have something to learn?

    • Herbie said on 14th March 2010, 15:48

      yes i totally agree, with most other teams copying the red bull nose design, mclaren seem to have forgotten who was quickest last year

  13. steph said on 14th March 2010, 15:30

    I’m over the moon.
    Fernando was just stunning today and showed that not only does he still have the speed but he’s a very clever racer.
    Felipe didn’t get trashed though, they were pretty close and Felipe had a few problems at the end (as well as racing driver’s excuse of flu ;) ) so it’ll still be a close figtht between those two and eys I’m biased but I know Alonso is the better racer.

  14. F1Yankee said on 14th March 2010, 15:32

    my predictions remain perfect – unblemished by a single point

  15. It was unfortunate that the race was effectively decided because of the technical problem on Vettel’s car. The fact that he had a hard struggle to, eventually, take home P4 was, however, something that provided a bit of interest in the later part of the race. In the top ten, there didn’t seem to be much of any overtaking going on (besides the podium guys overtaking Vettel, obviously), but it was a similar thing at this race in recent years. I’m hoping for Melbourne to be a bit more interesting in that regard. There were some nice little skirmishes in the midfield, though.

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