Alonso’s DRS jammed open after he overtook Nico Rosberg on lap five. He pitted to have the wing closed on lap seven, but it failed again the next time he used it, forcing him to return to the pits again and not use DRS throughout the rest of the race.
The team said it was the first such failure for the device in three years of operation. Ferrari believe Alonso would have been able to challenge Sebastian Vettel for victory had it not been for the failure.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali said: “It’s hard to recall a race where so many things went wrong.”
“The DRS failure prevented Fernando, who yet again produced a great performance, from fighting Vettel for the win.”
Domenicali added the team must place “renewed attention” on reliability, which has been a strength of their cars in recent seasons.
“We must also continue to develop the car and increase our understanding of the tyres, which is more crucial than ever this year,” he said. “In these first four races of the season, we have not managed, for various reasons, to bring home the points that were within our grasp.”
“That’s why the gap to the top in both classifications seems quite large, but we must not be discouraged by this, quite the contrary, because we have seen so often, both in our favour and against, how things can change in a hurry.”
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