The primary race on the 2021 Components 1 calendar was Sunday in Bahrain, the place Lewis Hamilton gained in considerably thrilling style. However there have been plenty of different storylines as nicely, like, how F1 returnee and former world champion Fernando Alonso would do. Not nice, it seems.
Alonso is driving for the Alpine crew, which final 12 months was referred to as Renault, which completed fifth within the constructor’s standings in 2020 however is hoping to do a bit higher in 2021. Alpine is competing with fellow midfield combatants McLaren, Aston Martin and Ferrari, because the frontrunners Purple Bull and Mercedes battle for the title.
On Sunday, the Bahrain Grand Prix mainly caught to this storyline, besides Alpine failed to point out up, with Esteban Ocon ending 13th — out of the factors — and Alonso not ending in any respect.
Alonso stated after the race that was as a result of some particles acquired right into a brake duct; the crew’s government director was extra particular, per Reuters.
“After the second cease, a sandwich wrap paper acquired caught contained in the rear brake duct of Fernando’s automobile, which led to excessive temperatures and prompted some harm to the brake system,” stated crew government director Marcin Budkowski.
“So we retired him for security causes.”
Alonso had certified ninth for the race at Sakhir however retired on lap 32.
Driving for Alpine is a homecoming for Alonso, who gained each of his Components 1 titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006, although nobody expects him to do this once more this 12 months. Both manner, he’ll be hoping for much less misfortune in two weeks in Italy.
And Sunday’s race was, extra broadly talking, an thrilling harbinger for the season to come back. There was Hamilton’s battle with Max Verstappen on the final laps; there was Yuki Tsunoda’s solid, points-winning debut; and there was Sergio Perez’s impressive drive from last to fifth.
And that’s not even to say Nikita Mazepin crashing out on his third flip ever in a Components One race, slightly cosmic justice. Extra of this please, F1.