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Alonso: Bahrain damage limitation

Fernando Alonso says Bahrain will be damage limitation for Ferrari
Fernando Alonso has said that the Bahrain Grand Prix will be a case of 'damage limitation' for Ferrari as he predicts a repeat of the struggles endured by the team in China.

Alonso went into the Shanghai weekend as the championship leader but could only pick up two points for ninth place, which meant he dropped behind both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the title race.

The Spaniard had admitted prior to the weekend that he expected a tough challenge for the Scuderia and he said his view was the same heading to Sakhir despite Ferrari's strong record in Bahrain in the past.

“I am well aware that in Sakhir, we can expect another difficult weekend, which is only natural, partly because of the track characteristics and also because the car is the same one we had in Shanghai,” he said..” Both the Scuderia and I have a good record in Bahrain: the team has four victories here and I've got three, the last of which was also my debut race for the Prancing Horse. But the past counts for nothing in this sport and this weekend will be all about damage limitation for us.”

The double champion again reiterated his faith that Ferrari will be able to turn things around, with the team working hard to find more pace from the F2012 to allow Alonso to fight near the front in all conditions.

“The championship is very open and there are a lot of teams that can aspire to victory, but clearly we need to make a leap forward to be more competitive if we want to aspire to coming out on top at the end,” he said. “We have to take the step forward as soon as possible. I have faith in the team and I know everyone at Maranello is giving their all so that we can reach this objective.”


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Italiano - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:32 AM

Ferrari was transitioning very well in a pos-Schummacher era. Winning the 2007 with Kimi and winning the 2008 title for 6 secs. 2009 was a tough year with Massa's accident but the team kept strong and Kimi won a nice race in Spa. End of 2009 is where the problems started they fired Kimi and throw Felipe the wolves as if Alonzo would bring them back to a new Schummacher era. Alonzo completely killed family like atmosphere Scuderia Ferrari had and promised di Montezelo to bring him titles and glory as long as Ferrari concentrated all their efforts on him. Ferrari felt for it and Alonso never delivered what he promised while Kimi was fired and Massa mentally broken. I blame Luca di Montezelo and Alonzo these two are to blame and they alone. The BOD should FIRE both and go back to the family style Scuderia Ferrari was known for while keeping the drivers responsible to make the best of what they have to drive and not trying to play the developers like Alonzo liked to do.

Gary - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 11:35 AM

I gotta agree with italiano. Raikonnen and Massa were the perfect team-mattes and Ferrari never realized it. They respected each other although not best friends they kept the respect and both worked for the team in a productive way btw helping each other along the way. What did Alonso bring that Kimi/Felipe could have not given to Ferrari? Now all we see is people point fingers at each other at Ferrari while the team continues to slip to the back of the grid. Ferrari had to pay Kimi a lot of money which could had and should had been used to improve the team or pay better their employees and stayed with Kimi/Felipe. That seems to be the best receipt for modern F1 two strong very fast drivers being treated equally respective of each other on and off track and pushing the team forward. Unfortunately Luca played to the spanish crowed and took the team backwards.



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