Pod damage may have slowed Alonso

Fernando Alonso has claimed that his loss of form at the weekend’s race in Sakhir could have been down to some damage to his car. On Friday evening, a lighting pod fell from the ceiling, hitting Alonso’s car. The damage meant that the front wing of the MP4-22 had to be replaced.

At the time, McLaren played down the incident, however Alonso is now suggesting that the incident may have been a large factor in the handling problems he had in both the qualifying and race at Bahrain.

“Maybe a mistake was made while re-assembling the car after the accident,” Alonso mused. “The fact is the car had strange behaviour from then on. It was as though there was no difference in grip between the hard or medium tyres. If I had raced on intermediates, it would have been the same.”