Alonso rues ‘two unlucky moments in four races’

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Fernando Alonso said he had been “very unlucky” for the second time this year in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso finished eighth after his DRS failed and stuck open early in the race.

“It was very difficult,” said Alonso. “We stopped two times in two laps so you are at the back of the group and with no DRS to use to pass. So the race becomes very, very difficult.”

“It’s the way it went today, he added. “Very, very unlucky race again. So in four races two very unlucky moments.”

However Alonso expects his fortune will balance out over the course of the season: “It will come for the others and we will take the opportunity in that moment.”

Team principal Stefano Domencali admitted, “it’s a big disappointment because today we could have done a great race.”

“Obviously the pace was there,” he added. “Not a good day for us because also Felipe [Massa] obviously had contact at the beginning then two problems with the tyres that we need to understand.”

“Not a good day for us. Let’s move ahead, big shame but that’s racing.”

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71 comments on Alonso rues ‘two unlucky moments in four races’

  1. LSL1337 (@lsl1337) said on 21st April 2013, 17:02

    back to KL.
    he didn’t pit. he completed the first lap, and the wing didn’t fall off, he even overtook webber once or twice, so the wing could take some load
    anyway, they take a little gamble

    whatever, the ferrari is barely slower than the RB, that’s MORE than enough for ALO to finally take the title this year. or just another magic update for vettel…

  2. MB (@muralibhats) said on 21st April 2013, 17:38

    after they forcefully corrected the DRS wing the first time, they could have tested opening the DRS in the pit itself to find out if the issue persisted. this would had reduced the second trip to pits.

    • Lajo (@lajo) said on 21st April 2013, 22:48

      that might have not worked though because the conditions are much different at high speed (air pressure for example), one way to minimize risk would have been to refrain from using it on the second stint and test it short before pitting for new tyres

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd April 2013, 7:31

      Apart from what @lajo mentions, I am pretty sure that its not allowed to use DRS in the pitlane, so it would have gotten them a penalty. In that regards, it would be almost the same as having to pit again anyway @muralibhats!

  3. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 21st April 2013, 18:01

    I also agree that Malaysia was his fault in the first place.

    And I am awfully awfully angry at both Alonso and at the team. As a Ferrari fan of course.

    They were both, but Alonso in particular, inch-perfect, OK almost, before one starts trolling, all through 2012 with a car, which really could not make up enough ground on the pole sitter during any race in the second half of the year and was a dog in the early days.

    Now they have a car capable of winning potentially three of the four GPs – and they mess it up big time.

    I’d rather have the get-the-maximum-out-of-my-package 2012 version of them, which I could be actually immensely proud of, rather than this year’s performance, which is all about giving away 20 of points in a cheap way.

    I am so so disappointed.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 21st April 2013, 19:31

      The 2012 car wasn’t great in qualifying but it was always one of the best, if not the best car on Sunday.

      • fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 22nd April 2013, 0:24

        ^- that made me laugh so hard. The f2012 wasn’t even the third best car, Alonso kept the title open by being consistent when red bull and mclaren were having reliability problems. This year I think ferrari have a championship winning car, but so do red bull and lotus, and mclaren and merc aren’t far behind. Malaysia was alonsos fault, he took a big gamble, and its easy to criticize him from your armchair, but all drivers make mistakes from time to time. This race I thought both Alonso and his car were capable of the win, but it was ruined by the drs problem, I don’t blame him for trying it again, and for people to say it was obviously not going to close again makes me laugh, such brilliant armchair engineers we have here. Even the sky commentators said it could have been some tyre rubber stuck in the mechanism, Alonso tried it knowing without it he would struggle to get past any cars at the pointy end. As it stood he drove very swollen to salvage eighth, but against the top ten, without drs he struggled, used his tyres more aggressively to make up the deficit of having no drs, and was vulnerable to perez late in the race. Seriously, people biased against Alonso are just as bad as the ones biased against vettel. *rolls his eyes*

  4. andae23 (@andae23) said on 21st April 2013, 19:59

    Yes, Fernando has had two unlucky moments, but in both cases the situation was worsened by Ferrari’s decisions. In Malaysia, I was screaming at my TV when he passed the pit lane with that broken front wing, only to be proven right a few moments later. And today I was very surprised to see Alonso open his DRS at the back straight passing one of the Caterhams, as the risk of the DRS getting stuck a second time was high. So to say it was all down to bad luck is not true.

  5. jacaru said on 21st April 2013, 23:23

    It seems that Alonso’s are always missinterpreted or that there is always some degree of hostility towards him around here.
    Alonso thinks he had bad luck on the fact the heavy damage he took from a reltively small hit in malasya. We have seen similar cases, gasolinera, perez, massa… With better luck.
    So i think he has a point thinking he had a bit of bad luck.

  6. Kazihno (@kazinho) said on 22nd April 2013, 3:42

    That’s 30 points Ferrari have flushed in the first four races.

    Even with the issues Alonso had in Malaysia and Bahrain, he had the pace to finish at least 3rd in both races.

    After 4 races in 2012 the WDC points were: Vet 53, Alo 43, Rai 34.
    After 4 races in 2013 the WDC points are: Vet 77, Alo, 47, Rai 67.

    Alonso might be better off than last year, but Vettel and Raikkonen more so. Unlike last year, the big points are being shared amongst those three and not the rest of the field, it’s going to be harder to close a points deficit without a string of consecutive wins.

  7. Alonso should found a religion or something like it, Karmalonso. I don’t think he is right but one thing is certain luck and freak events are more often to the teams eager to capitalize.

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