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Ferrari uncertain of reasons behind car failures

Apr 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is unsure of the reasons behind his drivers’ car failures which ended all hopes of victory in Bahrain today.

Fernando Alonso suffered a problem early on which saw his DRS system become jammed open. This forced him into pitting twice within two laps, dropping him right down the order, and Domenicali made no secret of his disappointment.

“We don’t know yet. There is a failure and it’s a disappointment because today we could have done a great race. Honestly the pace was there,” Domenicali told Sky Sports.

Ferrari’s day went from bad to worse as Felipe Massa suffered two punctures, and Domenicali was again unsure of what caused these failures.

“It was not the day for us because Felipe had contact at the beginning and then two problems with the tires that we need to understand. We need to understand because one came suddenly at the last corner and one came on the back straight.”

“So not a good day for us, let’s move ahead. Big shame, but that’s racing.”

Alonso did recover to finish 8th, but he was similarly disappointed after running P2 before the problem.

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

“But it’s the way it went today. A very unlucky race again so in four races two very unlucky moments. It will come for the others and we will take the opportunity in that moment.”

The result sees Ferrari slip to third in the constructors’ championship, and Alonso is now 30 points behind Vettel in the race for the drivers’ title. However, Ferrari will be pleased with its pace this weekend, and Alonso is certainly not to be discounted from challenging for the championship.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Ferrari seems to have improved the car some so if they can catch a break for a change, they will be fighting at the front once again. Alonso may not have stayed with Vettel the whole race but he would have been on the podium no doubt. If it wasn’t for bad luck Massa wouldn’t have any luck.

    Massa’s tire strategy might have worked if Sutil didn’t make an opportunist move around the outside on the first lap causing the two to bump and damage both cars. Massa hung on until he delaminated a tire which effectively ended his day. But fate was not thru just yet as Massa also suffered a puntured tire, probably from all the carbon fiber shards that were all over the circuit from the numerous collisions by several cars.

    The fans got their money’s worth but it sucks when the drivers can’t buy a break.

    • apexassassin - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Just ask Paul Hembrey. It was Massa’s fault for hitting debris every lap and there’s no way it could be the tires, lol.

      BTW: Massa’s first failure was a delamination, clearly shown on the replay. That’s not debris related.

      As for Alonso, that just sucked, i would have loved to see him take the fight to Vettel and their duel in the opening laps was majestic. Alonso should have silenced any critics as his inspired 4 stopper and drive to the points without DRS is simply extraordinary. And I don’t care for El Torito on a personal level at all.

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