Fernando Alonso says he was pleased to spend his Canadian Grand Prix fighting with 'intelligent' rivals.
Alonso was involved in battles with Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg during his drive to second place.
"It was nice to have these battles, particularly this race with so talented drivers, so intelligent drivers, that, you know, you fight wheel-to-wheel at 315km/h and you feel safe."
"You feel you are racing and you are competing."
Alonso admitted he was happier with the standard of driving in Canada compared to two weeks ago in Monaco.
"It can go your way or it can go the other way, but this is real racing. So, very happy to see this back after Monaco. It's a little bit different."
Alonso also stressed that there is no desperation from Ferrari, despite Sebastian Vettel extending his championship advantage to 36 points after seven races.
"I think [it will be different if] we are eighty or eight-five points behind. It will be a very critical situation, which is more than three races."
"In the past - I touched on this in Australia or Malaysia - in the last six or eight years, there were people recovering from more than 30 points on the old points, which is three races so it's 75 or 80 points. So hopefully we're going to arrive to that number."