Sandwich Wrapper Ended Fernando Alonso Hopes at Bahrain GP, Says Alpine Boss
Fernando Alonso suffered a slice of unhealthy luck when an deserted piece of sandwich wrapping ended his Formulation One comeback at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The errant wrapping was discovered contained in the rear brakes of two-time champion Alonso’s Alpine automobile after he was pressured out within the thirty second lap of his first Grand Prix for the reason that season-ending race at Abu Dhabi in 2018.
“After the second cease, a sandwich wrap paper acquired caught contained in the rear brake duct of Fernando’s automobile, which led to excessive temperatures and triggered some harm to the brake system,” mentioned Group boss Marcin Budkowski.
Earlier than the fast-food packaging slowed him down, Alonso, 39, had certified ninth for the Renault-owned Alpine workforce’s first contest of their new colors.
The opposite Alpine driver, Esteban Ocon, completed thirteenth after his hopes of a factors end had been wrecked by a collision with four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.
“Not the very best begin to the season for us as we had our justifiable share of unhealthy luck,” mentioned Budkowski however he discovered a crumb of consolation in Alonso’s kind in qualifying.
“It was a really unfortunate first race for Fernando contemplating how robust he seemed.”