Alonso admits seventh was Ferrari's limit

By on Saturday, June 7, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says that seventh place during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix was Ferrari's limit after describing his qualifying lap as 'very good'.

Alonso, currently third in the championship, set the seventh quickest time at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and believes that his position reflects Ferrari's present predicament.

"I think it was the limit, the lap was very very good," he said. "We crossed the line and there were six cars faster than us, they were faster than us all through qualifying so it wasn’t as if all of a sudden they are there.

"It was a difficult Saturday for us and it means we were not fast enough. The new parts yesterday they worked OK and I felt the car better and it improved, so I’m happy with those and I know there’s more coming at the next races to hopefully put us in a better position.

Alonso targeted finishing ahead of rivals Red Bull in Sunday's race.

"[There is a] surprisingly good Williams here, Red Bull has been very good; we want to fight for the second place in the Constructors' [championship] with Red Bull so we’d like to finish in front of them if we can."

Alonso believes that the lack of opportunity to make gains at the start of the race will place a greater emphasis on tyre strategy.

"The start here is not so easy as the first two corners don't give you the chance to be aggressive or attack like Barcelona or Bahrain, here we will be two lines, there is not so much space at the first corner," he said.

"Degradation of the tyres will be important for the race and we need to manage that as much as we can and choose the right time to stop, especially with the temperature change today, we need to be clever with that. We need to finish the race and score points, hopefully in front of our competitors."

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