ERS issue ends Alonso streak

By on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso suffered a race-ending mechanical failure for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix four years ago as his Ferrari F14T was halted by an Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) problem in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Alonso was running in the lower part of the top 10 when smoke started trailing from his Ferrari, forcing him to park at the Rettifilo chicane and ending his run of scoring points in every race this season.

"After a long run of trouble-free races, it’s a real shame I had to retire just here in Monza, in front of all our fans," he said.

"I would have liked to have put on a very different race for them. In the first stint we were competitive, but when you find yourself in a group of cars where everyone is using DRS, overtaking becomes nearly impossible.

"After the pit stop, I found myself at the back of a train of cars and at that point we changed the strategy, deciding to drop back from the group to conserve the tyres and try and attack at the end of the race. But then came the problem with the ERS system.

"It’s never nice for the team to have a reliability problem, because the guys work night and day to give us the best car possible. What happened doesn’t change my will to win and in order to try and have that happen soon, we will continue to work as hard as we can, always giving our all."

Team principal Marco Mattiacci apologised for Alonso's failure to finish the race.

"Unfortunately, we had no way of predicting the problem that affected Fernando’s car, but I am sorry that it happened right here in Monza at our home race," he said.

"Even though we are making progress, we knew that these last two races would be very difficult. Therefore, while it’s impossible to accept a result like this, now our only thought is to get back to being competitive as soon as possible."


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