Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said that former world champion Fernando Alonso could have easily won the Bahrain Grand Prix had it not been for the DRS system failure during the race. Alonso was one of the fastest drivers during the weekend, as he completely dominated the practice sessions and qualifying. However, he was unable to take advantage of the quick pace, as he could only get four points from the race due to a failure of the DRS system during the race. The DRS system was struck open during the initial laps of the race, which cost the Spaniard dearly.
As a result, he could finish only in the eighth position. Domenicali, though, was in full praise of the Spaniard by saying that many other drivers would have struggled to deal with such a huge disadvantage over the course of the race. However, Alonso limited the damage to a minimal extent and was able to finish in the points scoring positions. Alonso made two stops early in the race in order to correct the problem, but the team was unable to do so in a short span of time. Meanwhile, current world champion Sebastian Vettel managed to increase his grip on the title race by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“We know that when you have this kind of situation you are managing tyres the best way that you can, we saw that at last race on our side. Honestly I think that for sure for Fernando we could have done very good race. I don’t want to say we were able to win because it’s easy to say that in words but theoretically I think it was possible. If you at least look at lap times with no DRS you clearly understand that it was possible,” said Domenicali.