Ferrari identifies cause of DRS failure
24 April 2013 – Ferrari says it has uncovered the reason behind the DRS failure that hit Fernando Alonso's car in the early stages of last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, following an investigation at its Maranello factory. The issue, which saw the flap remain stuck open on two occasions, was caused by a mechanical component breaking.
Having been forced to make costly additional pit-stops, Alonso produced a spirited comeback and ultimately finished eighth, without the use of the overtaking aid.
"The day after the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Scuderia Ferrari engineers concluded the investigation into the failure of the DRS unit which badly affected Fernando Alonso’s race," read a statement issued by the Italian outfit. "Analysis revealed that the problem was caused by the breakage of a mechanical component within the system.
"It’s the first problem of its kind on this system seen in the three years during which it has been used. The failure is not something that causes concern for the long term, however, paying great attention to reliability must always remain at the highest level."
Ferrari's Bahrain Grand Prix troubles were not confined to Alonso, with team-mate Felipe Massa suffering two debris-related tyre delaminations during the race.