- Canadian Grand Prix
Alonso not getting carried away by Friday times
Fernando Alonso is not getting carried away with Ferrari's promising Friday practice performance for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Italian team had a dreadful weekend in Turkey two weeks ago, finishing seventh and eighth, and vowed to bounce back in Montreal. There were signs of a recovery on Friday, after Alonso got within 0.086 seconds of the fastest time set by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and clocked the second fastest time of the day. However, with the track set to rubber in with every session and tyre wear clearly a major issue over longer runs, Alonso said the practice times could mean nothing by the time the cars line up for qualifying and the race.
"Friday's results tell us little. In the second session in Turkey, we had not done too badly and then everyone saw what happened in qualifying and the race. We must keep trying our best and then let's see what we can do. A podium, a place in the points, a win: the final result depends on so many factors and the important thing is to concentrate on our job."
He added Ferrari had focused on reliability as well as set-up.
"We worked on the brakes which have a very hard time here and on various set-ups on the car as well as different downforce levels: we still have a few more ideas to try tomorrow morning before taking a final decision," he said. "The soft tyre degrades very easily, but today is only Friday and the track conditions will change a lot between now and Sunday. In Bahrain, after the first day, we were all concerned, but then we all pitted around lap 20 without having any problems. We must try and have a good race, always keeping in mind that our final goal is the world title."
Felipe Massa is also hopeful Ferrari has moved on from the problems it had in Turkey and said he was confident the car would improve over the rest of the weekend.
"It was not an easy day, especially in terms of the degradation on the rear tyres, a factor which could play a decisive role in Sunday's race," he said. "From what we have seen today, our car seems to be more competitive than in the previous race: the gap to the strongest teams like Red Bull and McLaren appears to be smaller and I really hope we can get back to fighting for the top places. One of the most complicated aspects is finding the right compromise between the top speed you need on the straights and the stability for traction and braking. We have a few ideas in mind which I hope can take us in the right direction."
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