Alonso laments ‘amazing’ deficit


Down on power and up on his frustration levels, Fernando Alonso says he has "never raced with less power" after being unable to defend in Sunday's Bahrain GP.

Alonso was running in 12th place at the Sakhir circuit when he was a late retirement from the race.

It was in general a trying afternoon for the Spaniard as not for the first time, and likely not the last, he made his thoughts regarding his under-performing Honda-powered MCL32 very clear during the race.

"How they can overtake me? 300 metres behind me, and they overtake me on the straight," he said. "I've never raced with less power in my life."

Speaking about the grand prix, the double World Champ said he was surprised by the deficit down the straights as cars came from 400 metres behind to overtake him.

"It was amazing the deficit that we had on the straights today," he told 

"Sometimes I looked in the mirror at the beginning of the straight, I saw the car 300, 400 metres behind, so I forgot completely about that car and started changing settings on the steering wheel, and under braking he was alongside! 

"So it was surprising at times the deficit we had. We tried to be close to the points. We nearly done because we were running P11, P12, but not enough so we need to keep working."

Such are McLaren-Honda's woes that Alonso concedes he doesn't know if it was "good or bad luck" for team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne that he didn't take the start grid.

"Obviously, green light is on, you start being motivated and start fighting. 

"Sometimes, well, I was thinking of Stoffel at the start of the race and I don't know if it was good or bad luck for him. 

"When you are in the race, you are so vulnerable, you are so behind on the straights there is no way you can defend."