Alonso complains of gradual power loss
5 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso has revealed that he gradually lost power during Saturday evening's qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Having made it through to the final shootout, the Ferrari driver ultimately classified 10th, 0.624 seconds down on team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and almost two seconds adrift of Nico Rosberg's pole-sitting Mercedes.
Speaking to the gathered media after the session concluded, Alonso suggested that there was something significantly wrong with his car.
"I was losing power throughout the qualifying," Alonso, who starts ninth after Daniel Ricciardo's grid penalty, said of the situation. "So every run I was going out the car felt slower and slower on the straights.
"Unfortunately when it counts we didn't have the package available. We need to look. Is it something damaged in the aerodynamics or the floor or whatever that made the car slower? Or something in the power unit?
"Sometimes there are some software tweaks, that's enough, or some changes on the steering wheel. We now need to check if we did something during the qualifying. It [the car] just seemed to lose power slowly."
Despite his qualifying issues, Alonso is confident of improving on his position during Sunday's race.
"We start from ninth with the Ricciardo penalty, so we start on the clean side," Alonso explained. "We need to have a good start and a good strategy if we want to recover. People around us are very fast.
"We must look at the front, and also the strong people at the rear. We need to have an aggressive race. We have nothing to lose – we are nearly out of the points positions already, so we must improve."