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Alonso blames brakes, battery problems for early retirement

Fernando Alonso in Bahrain. Credits: Getty Images.

After what seemed to be a good start to the Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was forced to retire his car due to a rear brake problem on lap 33. Not an ideal start for the Spaniard.

Alonso had a great start, and he overtook Carlos Sainz. Then, he also got up into P7 due to Gasly’s crash. From that moment on, he was trying to keep Lance Stroll behind. The Canadian later overtook him, but thanks to an undercut move, Alonso gained the position back some laps later. 

As soon as the two-time world champion came out of the pits, he had to fight against Sebastian Vettel. Despite the German driver was on a completely different strategy, he fought like at the times of Red Bull against Ferrari when Alonso was his main rival. This hard fight did not play in favor of Fernando, who got passed by Stroll, Sainz, and Sergio Perez. 

After overtaking Sebastian, the Spaniard also got overtaken by Yuki Tsunoda and Kimi Raikkonen. Moreover, that fight left Alonso with badly damaged tires.

Finally, on lap 33, Fernando had to dive into the pits and retire the car due to a rear brake failure. 

“I wanted to finish the race, but it couldn’t be. In the end, the brakes were the cause of abandonment, but we also had problems with the batteries on the straight. It was a race that went wrong, but it was a good morning. We had some cool moments, especially when we were in the fight in the first laps, with that your heartbeats,” said Alonso.

The Spaniard also said that he needs two or three races to fully adapt to the car. Finally, he also added that today the points might not have been possible. 

“It was a shame not to have been able to finish, the points may not have been possible today, we have to improve for the next one. I still have time in the car, all the drivers who have changed teams need time. Vettel, Ricciardo, Carlos … imagine that multiplied by two and a half years. I suppose that in two races I will be more comfortable.” 

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