Despite the continuous presence of black cloud and only managing to qualify in sixth position, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is confident for the race. In fact, he claims he is in a potentially race winning position.
Alonso’s other target will be Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who leads the Spaniard by 29 points.
His confidence comes from the second practice session where he claimed top spot in both race and qualifying trim. His only concern, along with the rest of the pit lane, is the capricious nature of the weather at Montreal – over the course of the practice days and qualifying, the weather has had something to say throughout.
Alonso knows the Ferraris don’t run as well on the intermediates in the cooler and damp conditions. Rain could make an appearance at some point during the race, although the temperature is predicted to be up on Saturday’s 16 degrees.
Despite the sixth place on the grid and being over a second slower than Vettel, he believes the gap could’ve been a lot less. Ferrari decided he should only do one lap on the first of his two runs rather than the usual two.
“People did two plus two,” Alonso told the BBC. “We did one plus two and I think we missed a little bit of lap time there and when I put new tyres for the second attempt I locked up in Turn 10 and lost a lot of time, so a little bit of mixed mistakes.”
Alonso is renowned for his ‘Never say never’ attitude and determination – whatever the weather come race day, there will surely be a streak of scarlet well within the mix.
Vettel starts on pole, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in third.
After crashing out in Q2, the second Ferrari of Filipe Massa starts from 16th.