Ferrari don't yet know what caused problems with triggered wretched Bahrain GP
Alonso suffered DRS failure while Massa tripped up by punctures
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 21/04/13 7:06pm
Ferrari have admitted they don't yet know what caused either Fernando Alonso's DRS failure or Felipe Massa's double tyre puncture after the Italian team endured a nightmare Bahrain GP.
The Maranello outfit had been many pundits' tip to claim back-to-back race wins after locking out the second row on the grid at Sakhir and sitting on what some believed was the ace card of having their two cars on different tyre strategies.
However, those expectations spectacularly unraveled inside the first 20 laps as first Fernando Alonso was forced to make two unscheduled pitstops when his DRS wing flap illegally jammed open - which ultimately curtailed the Spaniard's use of the overtaking aid - and Massa, having already damaged his front wing in a tangle with Adrian Sutil on the opening lap, picked up a puncture.
Massa would later be forced to pit again when his F138's tyre punctured again, and although Alonso managed to fight back to the points and eighth place at the flag, Ferrari lost major ground in both championship races to Red Bull.
And asked by Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz if the team knew what had gone wrong with Alonso's DRS, Ferrari chief Domenicali replied: "We don't know yet. There is a failure and it's a disappointment because today we could have done a great race. Honestly the pace was there.
"It was not the day for us because Felipe had contact at the beginning and then two problems with the tyres that we need to understand. We need to understand because one came suddenly at the last corner and one came on the backstraight.
"So not a good day for us, let's move ahead. Big shame, but that's racing."
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Sebastian Vettel's race victory meant that just seven days after appearing to ignite his championship push Alonso heads back to Europe trailing his long-time rival by 30 points after only four races.
The Spaniard admitted fighting on without the assistance of DRS was a challenge but expressed confidence that the wheel of fortune would swing his way later in the season.
"It was very difficult," he told Sky Sports F1. "We stopped two times in two laps so you are at the back of the group and with no DRS to pass the race becomes very difficult.
"But it's the way it went today. A very unlucky race again so in four races two very unlucky moments. It will come for the others and we will take the opportunity in that moment."