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GP Week : Issue 211
Despite being out of the race from virtually the start, Fernando Alonso, as usual, had some salient comments after the race: " It was a real shame losing the opportunity to take part in this race because, with nothing to lose in terms of the championship, I could have taken a few more risks and maybe aimed for the podium. “I still don't know what caused the unfortunate technical problem, only that suddenly, the car lost all its electrics, maybe down to a short circuit caused by the rain. “Now, in the four remaining races, the priority is still to pick up as many points as possible, because we are still aiming for third place in the constructors' classification. On that front, it could be good that we can count on using this engine which did hardly any distance today, thus not having to use a new one which would mean starting one of the remaining races from the pit lane. “However, the only good news we want right now relates to Jules Bianchi. I hope that we hear very soon that he's alright." For his part, Kimi probably wishes his car had failed on the rolling laps too. It wasn’t a good day: "Overall, this was a very disappointing weekend. I had set-up problems right from the first day and again today in the race I didn' t manage to drive the way I would have liked. “After the start behind the safety Car, the track conditions were pretty atrocious and visibility was very poor, but my car was handling okay. Then, when the rain eased, I fitted the intermediate tyres, but after a few laps, they were no longer up to temperature and they began to give me problems at the front end, which meant I had to slow down. “Now, we will try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible and aim to improve, starting with the very next race, but more importantly right now, let's hope we get some good news about Jules Bianchi soon." BeLOW Fernando's main contribution came in qualifying – fifth again ... Looking for positives 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: