despite the tremendous damage suffered by the car of Fernando Alonso in his accident in Australia and the spectacle of it, McLaren has worked on a piecework basis, and try to rescue some element of the mass of iron in which was turned the MP4-31 of the pilot spaniard. Unfortunately for them, it has not been possible, and Alonso will have to release a new power unit and a new chassis for the race this weekend in Bahrain. The team has come to confirm that even the pilot’s seat had suffered damage, although not presented any breakage, as initially reported.
The champion Spanish lucia in the days following a bandage on one of his knees, but he claims to be in perfect conditions for the dispute of the second Grand Prix of the year: “After the accident in Australia, I have spent time resting, and I’m looking forward to returning to the car. On paper, the Melbourne was not a good race for us, but before the accident I was having some good battles and the car gave sensations very promising, so I hope that we can experience more of the same in Bahrain”.
Sakhir is a circuit which brings fond memories for Alonso, who is confident in continuing the progression experienced in Albert Park: “Bahrain has been a good circuit for me in the past -I’ve won three times there – and has some good areas for overtaking. There are many variables to think about, and is one of the longest runs, which usually result in some type of drama. We hope to be able to enjoy some fights and stay out of problemas”.
His teammate Jenson Button managed to stay out of incidents in Australia, but the british champion will look for a better end result in the desert layout bahraini. “Bahrain is a circuit fun to drive, and very different from Albert Park in your configuration. It is hard with the brakes and the gas, and a good balance is the key to getting a good lap, because you need downforce on the long straight, and stability and traction in the slow corners. It is a more extreme version of Australia in many aspects, with the circuit very dirty at the beginning and gaining more and more rubber throughout the weekend. That makes the circuit faster, but also we will have to juggle the day of the race with the drop of temperatures“.
“Although not reflected in our results in Australia, the team worked very hard to give a step forward in the handling of the car with respect to the tests. Bahrain is a path complicated for us to be high speed, but we have a solid platform and a deployment improved”.