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Another quiet race for Ferrari in Bahrain (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

“Missing: Podium Finishes. If lost, please return to Maranello.” That’s an advert you might find in tomorrow’s Italian newspapers.

Of course, I jest, but Ferrari once again had a very anonymous race in Bahrain today as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen crossed the line in ninth and tenth place respectively. They scored as many points as they have championships: three.

Having shown an impressive long-run pace during practice, many expected Raikkonen and Alonso to be in the fight for the final podium position behind the Mercedes drivers, but neither could get close to eventual third place finisher Sergio Perez. After making three stops, the safety car worked against the Italian marque, and ultimately denied its drivers any decent points.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton after the race, Alonso made no secret of his disappointment after recording his lowest finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix since 2008.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Ferrari has a lot of work to do. It’s amazing that they work so hard and have really good resources now yet some of the smaller teams out perform them on occasion. Hopefully they will get some of the issues sorted out. Their reliability seems pretty good but most of the teams are improving in that area so it’s little solace.

  2. redrock81 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again… Montezemolo needs to realize that Domenicalli has to go. This is inexcusable. Love Ferrari but they are wasting Alonso’s talents, wasting Kimi’s talents. I’ve seen both drivers do well on this track. Alonso himself has won 3 times (the most wins in Bahrain) but to see the Ferraris out-driven by the likes of Force India is just embarrassing.

    • worknman24hours - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Really, this is right.

      Waiting until the season is lost makes no sense.

      Who could save Ferrari’s F1 season though now?

      Those cars simply are not fast enough.

      • redrock81 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:18 AM

        Ferrari has the biggest budgets in F1. No doubt they have pick of the best engineers and they are well aware of what areas they need to work on but just can’t seem to do it. What they need is strong technical leadership. Bring back Ross Brawn.

        Could the team have sacrificed performance for reliability? We don’t know.

        If Fernando walked away from Ferrari at the end of the year. I wouldn’t blame him. It looks like Ferrari have a mountain to climb which they are doing at a snails pace.

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    As a long time Ferrari supporter, I often wondered what it was like to be a supporter of those teams who kept plugging away, week after week, with little to no hope of reaching the podium or even scoring championship points.

    Now I know.

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