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.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

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CARS

QUADS

 

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