Fernando Alonso suffered a slice of unhealthy luck when an deserted piece of sandwich wrapping ended his Formula One comeback at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The errant wrapping was discovered contained in the rear brakes of two-time champion Alonso’s Alpine automotive after he was pressured out within the 32nd lap of his first Grand Prix for the reason that season-ending race at Abu Dhabi in 2018.
“After the second stop, a sandwich wrap paper got stuck inside the rear brake duct of Fernando’s car, which led to high temperatures and caused some damage to the brake system,” mentioned Team boss Marcin Budkowski.
Before the fast-food packaging slowed him down, Alonso, 39, had certified ninth for the Renault-owned Alpine workforce’s first contest of their new colors.
The different Alpine driver, Esteban Ocon, completed 13th after his hopes of a factors end had been wrecked by a collision with four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.
“Not the best start to the season for us as we had our fair share of bad luck,” mentioned Budkowski however he discovered a crumb of consolation in Alonso’s kind in qualifying.
“It was a very unlucky first race for Fernando considering how strong he looked.”