Ferrari reflect on a disappointing Canadian GP

by David Bean

Having had 24 hours to reflect on their Montreal performance, Ferrari still feel that Fernando Alonso could have won the Canadian Grand Prix, and are still ruing what they see as a missed opportunity for the Spaniard to regain the lead of the drivers standings.

In a statement from the team released today, they emphasise the need for a step up in quality, and state their aim to be competitive at all races, and not just on tracks that suit the F10, like Bahrain, Monaco and Canada. Apparently, the team at Maranello are working day and night to prepare for Valencia, where Ferrari will introduce a significant upgrade package, with others following in subsequent races.

The duo of Alonso and Felipe Massa are still disappointed with their Canada race, but for different reasons. Massa has a record of tricky races in Montreal, and yesterday was no exception. The Brazilian was victim of two collisions, and was handed a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Alonso secured his third Ferrari podium, improving on the poor performances in of Monaco and Turkey, but the Spaniard had a chance to win yesterday’s race, and regrets that the victory slipped away from him.

However, Ferrari are drawing positives from Canada: the performance of the pit crew have been consistent all season, and quick work by the team allowed Alonso to jump Hamilton in the pit lane. They also got some practice of changing front wings at speed, with Massa requiring two replacements during the race.

The team head to Canada 54 points behind McLaren, who lead the constructor’s championship, but the team are clearly still pushing hard for big improvements in the near future.

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