Fernando Alonso endured a difficult Bahrain Grand Prix but maintains the F138 is the best car Ferrari has produced since his arrival at the team in 2010.
Alonso’s race was marred by his DRS becoming stuck open, forcing the Spaniard to make an unscheduled stop.
“We definitely didn’t have much luck today and that’s a real shame,” he said.
“After the opening laps, when I thought the rear tyres had gone off, the pit wall informed that the DRS was stuck. It wasn’t fixed properly at the first stop and so I had to come in for another one.”
When the DRS became stuck open for a second time, Alonso was ordered not to use it for the remainder of the race.
“From then on, the clear instruction from the pit wall not to use it affected my race. I tried to recover but it was really difficult finding places to overtake without DRS. When you are far back, in the middle of a group, tyre degradation is even harder to manage. I am sure that without the problems me and Felipe had, we would have finished higher up, because the car responds very well and it is definitely our best of the last four years. But having a good race involves a lot of factors, including a bit of luck. Let’s hope it balances out very soon.”
Felipe Massa also suffered from misfortune as tyre issues left him out of the points.
“I was really unlucky in this race and even if it’s true that many things can happen in this sport, I can’t find an explanation for why so many of them have to be negative,” he said.
“At the start, I lost ground after the collision with [Adrian] Sutil and then I lost even more time coming back to the pits to change tyres and that wiped out any chance of having a good race. At the start, I suffered a bit with understeer, but I don’t believe that was the cause of my problems, while we still need to check what happened to my tyres that failed in this way. In the first instance it was probably delamination on the right rear and in the second it might have been due to a puncture.”
Technical director Pat Fry is sure Alonso’s DRS issue cost him a podium.
“It’s a real shame because even with a damaged car, his race pace was among the best and it should have been enough to see us finish second or even fight for the win,” he said.