Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber ground to a halt on his installation lap from the pits to the grid, and Kamui Kobayashi retired the sister car with an engine failure early in the race.
Both Ferrari drivers also had to change their engines before the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Ferrari has since confirmed that Alonso and de la Rosa’s retirements were not related. The Swiss team has since confirmed that de la Rosa’s retirement was a pneumatics-related issue.
Does this therefore mean that Kobayashi and Alonso suffered an identical failure?
[Original image via GP Update]