Alonso – I just wasn’t competitive

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he was not competitive in the Bahrain Grand Prix, and that he had ‘no confidence’ in his car. Alonso looked good at the start of the race, passing Kimi Raikkonen to take third place, but was unable to keep pace with Massa and Hamilton.

In the first stint, he fell 10 seconds adrift of the leading pack and lost third place to Raikkonen during the pit-stops. Nick Heidfeld then passed him on-track. Although Alonso fought back and came close to the BMW in the closing stages of the race, he was unable to pass and had to settle for fifth place.

“I was not competitive today,” Alonso explained. “I was not able to lap at the right pace. The goal is always to be on the podium and today, I didn’t achieve that. I found no confidence in the car and overall, grip was quite poor. I was having oversteer and understeer at the same time which I was not able to sort out through the race.”