by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 199
Bahrain’s long straights confirmed what has been apparent – that Ferrari’s ‘power-unit’ package is at a similar disadvantage to that of Renault, when compared with the Mercedes – and unlike Red Bullm Fiorano doesn’t quite have the car to make up for it at present. “ Today’s race was complicated for us, even if we knew what to expect because, with its long straights, this track shows up our weak points,” concluded Fernando Alonso. “The team did a super job and sorted the problem I had yesterday in the final part of qualifying and the start and strategy were per fect. The Safety Car helped us make up a bit of ground on the cars ahead of us and also allowed us to save fuel, but it was not enough to change the result, with eight cars ahead of us doing a better job. “A lthough we did all we could, we can’t be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night. The season is in its early stages and I think we can stage a recovery. We have the resources and the potential to do it and it’s all down to us. “Next week will be very important as we get back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday to test in preparation for the upcoming races. We have got a ver y aggressive programme, which we need as our rivals will not just be sitting back and watching.” Chassis Director Pat Fry also had no doubt where the need for improvement lay: “Today, we could not have asked more of our car and drivers, because here, our most limiting factor was a lack of top speed. That meant we had to run a defensive race and even if in the middle sector, the one with the most corners, the F14T was competitive, it was not enough to allow Fernando and Kimi to attack our rivals. “In Maranello, we are working on solutions to ensure better power delivery and better driveability. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of the car on the aerodynamic front. The data we acquired in today’s race will provide a baseline for the major programme we have planned for the test, right here at Sakhir on Tuesday and Wednesday.” Bahrain exposes Ferrari's weak spot 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: