Ferrari Hit by Testing Blow


Ferrari’s attempts to try and pull some positives away from a dismal week in Bahrain came unstuck as the Fernando Alonso was forced to withdraw from testing after just 12 laps. In the first of four in-season tests, Ferrari had been testing their new turbo hybrid engine in a bid to try and find some extra pace out of a struggling car, as well as focusing on a lack of traction and driveability from a power-unit that has failed to deliver.

After a modest first day of testing, Ferrari failed to find any real answers to their problems after recording just 12 laps on Day Two in Bahrain, topping off a pretty wretched few days for the team. The team had been testing the car used by Raikkonen during the race weekend, but a damaged chassis – possibly sustained prior to – ended Ferrari’s hopes of getting some serious laps under their belt something else to think about at this early point in the season.

Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth and 10th in the leaving the Spaniard fourth and the Finn seventh in the drivers’ standings. Despite driving a struggling car, Alonso’s two fourth place finishes in Australia and Malaysia see him still in the thoughts of Betfair fans as a possible challenger to the Mercedes duo for this year’s world championship. Raikkonen has fared less well, however, picking up just seven points in a disappointing start to the season.

While the drivers are struggling to keep pace with Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers championship, the result sees Ferrari leaving Bahrain way off the pace in fifth in the constructors’ championship – already 78 points behind leaders Mercedes and already 22/1 with Betfair to finish the season as champions.

With the season now heading to China, Ferrari are still some way away from figuring out just how to produce the sort of speed the Mercedes are managing to, and Betfair fans are already writing off the Italian team’s hopes of being a player in either of this year’s championships.

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