A 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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