Loss of power leaves Alonso down the order (VIDEO)

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Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has blamed a lack of power for his poor result during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix today as he finished down in 10th place.

The Spanish driver finished over 1.8 seconds behind pole-sitter Nico Rosberg despite appearing to be in the running for a start on the second or third row earlier in the evening. However, he explained to NBCSN’s Will Buxton what the problem with his car was, and pointed out that he actually set his fastest time in Q2, not Q3.

“It was a difficult qualifying,” Alonso admitted. “I’d been losing power throughout the qualifying, so every run that I was going out, the car felt slower and slower on the straights.

“In fact, in Q2, I did a 34.5, and in Q3 with less fuel and with better track conditions I did a 34.9 so unfortunately when it counts, we did not have the package available.

“We need to look if there’s something damaged in the aerodynamics or the floor or whatever that makes the car slower, or if there’s something on the power unit to check.”

In the other Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen outqualified his teammate for the first time and will start tomorrow’s race from fifth place. Alonso will gain a position after Daniel Ricciardo’s grid drop following his team’s misdemeanor in Malaysia last weekend.

If Mercedes’ early season pace is anything to go by, Ferrari’s championship hopes may already be over before we even start the European season at the beginning of May.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.