Ferrari fever hits Bahrain Grand Prix
Alonso could only manage 10th place, having had a lucky escape at the start of the race when his ex-teammate Hamilton crashed into the back of him.7 April 2008
MADRID - Felipe Massa drove his Ferrari to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday, closely followed by his teammate, reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen. Spain's Fernando Alonso could only manage 10th place, having had a lucky escape at the start of the race when his ex-teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed into the back of him.
The Italian team dominated the race from start to finish, although its stiffest competition came from BMW rather than its supposed rival, McLaren. Poland's Robert Kubica started from pole position, having put in a blistering lap during Saturday's qualifying session, finishing third, with his BMW teammate Nick Heidfield in fourth.
McLaren had a fairly disastrous weekend, with Heikki Kovalainen managing fifth place having started in the same position. Lewis Hamilton dropped to the back of the pack from third at the start, and despite a valiant fightback, finished 13th.
Speaking after the race, Alonso said that his 10th place was the best that the Renault team could have hoped for. "We started 10th and finished 10th - the car was not behaving too badly." What is clear, however, is that the team is way off the pace of the three front-runners: McLaren, BMW and Ferrari. Alonso's teammate, Nelson Piquet, failed to finish.
The Spanish former world champion will be hoping for major improvements ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, in three weeks' time.
[El Pais / Simon Hunter / Expatica]