Bahrain Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso’s F1 return ruined by discarded SANDWICH BAG

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Revealed: Fernando Alonso’s F1 return was ruined by discarded SANDWICH BAG, which caused his brakes to overheat and his Bahrain Grand Prix Alpine car starting the season

  • Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso returned to F1 this weekend
  • But his car was forced out of the Bahrain Grand Prix by a sandwich wrapping
  • Alonso’s team noticed a sudden increase in the car’s braking temperatures
  • He had retired on lap 32 for safety reasons and the reason came to light afterwards
  • Discarded sandwich bag got stuck in the rear brake line causing damage

Fernando Alonso’s return to Formula 1 was cut short after a discarded sandwich bag caused his car to overheat during Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Spaniard’s Alpine car had to be stopped on lap 32 of 56 after the team noticed that his braking temperatures had suddenly risen.

And it later became clear why the 39-year-old two-time world champion, who returned to the track after a two-year absence with the Renault-backed team, was forced to leave.

Fernando Alonso's return to Formula 1 for Alpine was cut short during the Bahrain Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso’s return to Formula 1 for Alpine was cut short during the Bahrain Grand Prix

The two-time world champion from Spain was forced to leave the race with a problem with the brake line

The two-time world champion from Spain was forced to leave the race with a problem with the brake line

The two-time world champion from Spain was forced to leave the race with a problem with the brake line

Alonso had to stop in Bahrain on lap 32 due to the braking problem

Alonso had to stop in Bahrain on lap 32 due to the braking problem

Alonso had to stop in Bahrain on lap 32 due to the braking problem

‘After the first [pit] stop, we had a small problem that forced us to reduce the car’s performance, ”explains Marcin Budkowski, Alpine Executive Director.

Then, after the second stop, a sandwich paper got stuck in the rear brake channel of Fernando’s car, causing high temperatures and some damage to the braking system, so we retired him for safety reasons.

“It was an unfortunate first race for Fernando considering how strong he looked.”

The 2005 and 2006 world champion with Renault drove as high as seventh during the early stages of the Sakhir race before troubles ruined his night.

“It was a shame we couldn’t see the checkered flag today because I really enjoyed it,” said the 39-year-old.

The Spaniard tweeted after retiring from the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Sunday

The Spaniard tweeted after retiring from the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Sunday

The Spaniard tweeted after retiring from the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Sunday

Alonso was competitive during the early stages of Sunday's race before trouble hit

Alonso was competitive during the early stages of Sunday's race before trouble hit

Alonso was competitive during the early stages of Sunday’s race before trouble hit

‘It was nice to be back racing, it was nice to feel the adrenaline again on the starting grid, the national anthem. All these procedures felt very emotional to me today.

The race itself was fun at the start, some good fights on the track in the first stint. And then unfortunately we had to take the car out of service with a braking problem – apparently there is some dirt on the rear brake channel.

“We can do nothing more than think about Imola now, and hopefully get some points there.”

Alonso was pushed into the pits with a first problem and then got the braking problem

Alonso was pushed into the pits with a first problem and then got the braking problem

Alonso was pushed into the pits with a first problem and then got the braking problem

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton won the season opener, but his Mercedes finished just a fraction ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull as hopes for a tighter championship race grew.

Verstappen had taken the lead from Hamilton with four laps to go, but gave the position back because he had overtaken by running off the track and was ordered to do so by the race control.

The next race will be the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola on April 18th.

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