Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is unsure of the reasons behind his drivers’ car failures which ended all hopes of victory in Bahrain today.
Fernando Alonso suffered a problem early on which saw his DRS system become jammed open. This forced him into pitting twice within two laps, dropping him right down the order, and Domenicali made no secret of his disappointment.
“We don’t know yet. There is a failure and it’s a disappointment because today we could have done a great race. Honestly the pace was there,” Domenicali told Sky Sports.
Ferrari’s day went from bad to worse as Felipe Massa suffered two punctures, and Domenicali was again unsure of what caused these failures.
“It was not the day for us because Felipe had contact at the beginning and then two problems with the tires that we need to understand. We need to understand because one came suddenly at the last corner and one came on the back straight.”
“So not a good day for us, let’s move ahead. Big shame, but that’s racing.”
Alonso did recover to finish 8th, but he was similarly disappointed after running P2 before the problem.
“It was very difficult. We stopped two times in two laps so you are at the back of the group and with no DRS to pass the race becomes very difficult,” the Spanish driver said.
“But it’s the way it went today. A very unlucky race again so in four races two very unlucky moments. It will come for the others and we will take the opportunity in that moment.”
The result sees Ferrari slip to third in the constructors’ championship, and Alonso is now 30 points behind Vettel in the race for the drivers’ title. However, Ferrari will be pleased with its pace this weekend, and Alonso is certainly not to be discounted from challenging for the championship.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.