Car was getting “slower and slower” – Alonso

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014A loss of power during qualifying harmed Fernando Alonso’s run, according to the Ferrari driver.

Alonso was last of the ten drivers in Q3 and will start ninth following Daniel Ricciardo’s penalty.

“Yeah it was not a clean qualifying unfortunately,” Alonso told reporters in Bahrain.

“I was losing power through the qualifying, every lap that we went out it seems the car to be slower and slower on the straight so we need to check if it was something damaged or something that we could do for tomorrow better.

“Maybe in the car, the floor of the car or whatever, or there was something in the electric motor or whatever that was not perfectly combined. But it is true that doing 34.5 in Q2, now in Q3 with better track conditions, with less fuel, to do a 34.9 is not that the ideal when it counts.

“But it is the way it is and tomorrow, starting from the clean side, ninth, we still can do a good race and we need a good start and a good strategy.”

Alonso expects an “open” race tomorrow and said Ferrari will pursure an “aggressive” strategy to move up the order.

“We have not much to lose,” he said. “We are ninth, nearly out of the points, so we must improve that position and we need to recover. We’ll see what we can do.”

“There are people coming from behind that will come very strong like Vettel, like Hulkenberg so it is not easy. We need to look at many cars around us and hopefully beat them.”

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47 comments on Car was getting “slower and slower” – Alonso

  1. maybet said on 5th April 2014, 17:55

    oh no, he didn’t do 1.34.5 in Q2, its 34.7.

    And according to ferrari ‘s qualifying report, there was no issues whatsoever with the car.

    maybe its track evolution that caught him out

    • FellaRri said on 6th April 2014, 3:56

      Fernando Alonso is very high motivation race driver. Never a waste in all his f1 career. Its just that ferrari not having a wining car again this year. I respect him a lot even with slower car he always manage to finish top 10, all in points, especially when he is in not winning car renault 08-09. He always push to the limit. If he was in RB since 2010, i think he already have 6 WC, even can go untill 10 WC if in the right winning car.

  2. Dan said on 5th April 2014, 17:59

    No more WC for FA what a waste

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 5th April 2014, 18:11

      Yes, write his chances off. There’s only 18 races left this season after all.

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 5th April 2014, 18:14

      A waste of what? I don’t understand why no more championships for Alonso would mean a wasted career.

      Sure it would certainly add to his achievements but if he were to retire from Formula 1 tomorrow, he’d have 32 wins, 95 podiums and 2 world championships and was only a handful of points away from 3 more. Not to mention he’s won races for Renault, McLaren and Ferrari. 3 of the most prestigious teams in the sport. I don’t know about you but that is a very solid Formula 1 career right there that many drivers could only dream of.

      I fail to see how that is a waste.

      • jamie89 said on 5th April 2014, 18:39

        Well said bro!!

      • Dan said on 5th April 2014, 19:27

        Im giving him a compliment just like 1x WC is a waste for Ham talent you cant deny its a waste for Alonso he as not won since 06. He as never won a WC with Ham and Vet on the grid. You surely agree with me Alo is a great yet he should be better. And he is not getting any younger Dave comment is hilarious yeh 18 races left and what Ferrari are not even quicker than Redbull lol.

        • Albert said on 5th April 2014, 19:36

          It’s difficult to call it a waste when you consider who he has been racing against.

          Vettel has been terrific these past 4 years. Of course, there’s room for debate about who deserved it more in 2010/12, but the point is that, as great as Alonso is, he hasn’t been that drastically better than Vettel to define it as a waste.

          I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve another championship, I’m saying he doesn’t deserve it enough for it to be a waste if he doesn’t earn it.

  3. The Ferrari lacks both race pace and straight line speed.
    Hopefully Raikkonen can at least hold his position but I fully expect another disappointing result from Ferrari tomorrow.

    *sigh*

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 5th April 2014, 18:06

    I don’t know how Alonso keeps motivation. It has been really frustrating. It’s already more than 4 years!

  5. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 5th April 2014, 18:11

    So can ferrari fix the car before the race of does he starts the race as it is?

  6. Albert said on 5th April 2014, 18:21

    I imagined as much. I rate Raikkonen highly, but no way in hell he would get such an advantage over Alonso without mechanical and/or other issues.

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th April 2014, 18:23

    “Maybe in the car, the floor of the car or whatever, or there was something in the electric motor or whatever that was not perfectly combined.

    Sure, Fernando.

    Off course it could also have been that he didn’t get enough heat in the tyres as the temperatures went down. That was something mentioned during FP3 that teams who did great on saving their tyres last year might struggle if they still do the same now with the harder tyres.

  8. nidzovski said on 5th April 2014, 18:33

    F14T Fix It Again Toni!

  9. zxc said on 5th April 2014, 19:16

    Or may be it’s vettel’s fault. He could have done something, to get an advantage tommoro. You know maybe…..

  10. ToXiCiTy said on 5th April 2014, 19:22

    Ferrari said there is nothing wrong with the car. He made some mistake and that happens sometimes. We are still miles behind, so its really frustrating.

  11. Albert said on 5th April 2014, 23:10

    Kinda weird, Ferrari’s qualy report says that “[Alonso] did not get the most out of the car in the final part and had to settle for tenth place”, no mention of any issues whatsoever.

  12. Dane said on 6th April 2014, 0:03

    Alonso loses to Kimi and the first thing he does is speculate something must be wrong with the car. Vettel, Hamilton and Hulkenburg at least admitted they made mistakes.

  13. Wengsoon said on 6th April 2014, 3:38

    Doubt losing power means 0.4 s slower in Q3 vs Q2.

    Think he’s just slightly slower in 1 of the sectors.

  14. audifan said on 6th April 2014, 12:30

    I think ferrari are starting to realise that alonso talks a better game than he performs
    if something is wrong with the car they are allowed to fix it …pretty clear therefor that there is nothing wrong

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 6th April 2014, 12:31

      Funny how when Vettel complained about downshifts in his Red Bull keeping him out of Q3, everyone seemed to believe it. But when Fernando says he didn’t get enough power from the car, all of a sudden he is making excuses

      • Albert said on 6th April 2014, 12:51

        Regardless of what Vettel does or stops doing, it’s weird that the Ferrari site says nothing about issues but openly states that Alonso didn’t get the best of the car.

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