Fernando Alonso qualified 15th for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday as he was unable to fully capitalise on his track time. McLaren driver took the 15th spot in Q1, pushing him through to Q2, but an MGU-H issue on his flying lap meant he was unable to set a time during the second session.
Alonso expectation for the race are quite limited and are mostly connected to the lack of calibration of the new power unit.
“Unfortunately, my lap in Q2 was good. I think until the last corner it was half a second better than my Q1 time, then I went on the throttle and there was an issue in the power unit. That hurt, because we had a chance of being a couple of places up, and tomorrow we’ll have to fit a new power unit, which won’t have the perfect settings or calibration. The first lap the engine gets will be the formation lap, so it won’t get any warm-up, we won’t get any laps to tune it, and we’ll probably therefore have an even tougher race than we’d expected", Alonso explains.
“The guys in the garage work day and night to prepare the car, there are parts we keep changing, we keep testing the updates, there’s hard work behind every weekend, but we don’t have a competitive power unit to fight at the front.
“It’s not the ideal situation, but there’s nothing we can do just now, so we’ll see tomorrow what we can do.”