0:53 Frustration for Fernando Alonso in his first Grand Prix back in F1
“After his first stop we had a small issue that forced us to reduce the performance of the car, then after the second stop, a sandwich wrap paper got stuck inside the rear brake duct of Fernando’s car,” said Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski.
[That] led to high temperatures and caused some damage to the brake system, so we retired him for safety reasons. It was a very unlucky first race for Fernando considering how strong he looked.”
Sunday’s season-opener at the Sakhir circuit had fans in attendance after organisers made tickets available to those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who had recovered from the virus. Most of last year’s grands prix were behind closed doors.
“Up until [the retirement] it was fun,” added Alonso to Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham. “It was a fun race to be out there, have some battle with my colleagues and hopefully in Imola we will be ready and try again.”
Alonso’s wheel-to-wheel battle with Vettel, Sainz
0:49 Following a series of position changes, Carlos Sainz got past two former champions, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso