Alonso: Canada was actually a great result 16 Jun 2010
Immediately after the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferraris Fernando Alonso couldnt hide his disappointment with his third-place finish behind the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Believing he had the potential to win the race, Alonso felt frustrated not to have bettered the British team.
But after a day or two of reflection, the Spaniard is feeling more satisfied with his Montreal podium finish, which was his third of the season and his first since Mays Spanish Grand Prix.
The sense of disappointment that we missed out on a win that was within our grasp has been replaced with the awareness that we did actually get a great result, he told Ferraris official website. We have to look at it as a glass half full because, on the Thursday we would have been satisfied with the thought of a podium finish.
Following on, as it did, from their disastrous outing in Turkey, Alonso is pleased the team were back to fighting form in Montreal. In Istanbul, hed qualified 12th and finished the race in eighth; in Canada Alonso qualified fourth, just over three-tenths down on pole sitter Hamilton, and finished a convincing third, a full 28s ahead of the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.
We were competitive throughout the whole weekend, both in qualifying and the race, which is very positive, he explained. We were back to where we have been in practically all the other races, the one exception being Turkey, where for various reasons everything about the Grand Prix went wrong, from every point of view.
Alonso is now looking ahead to the European Grand Prix, which will be held in the Spanish city of Valencia. Ferrari plan to bring a big upgrade to the race, but he is keen to dispel reports suggesting its an eleventh-hour effort by the Italian team, before they switch their energies to next years car. As far as Alonsos concerned, the title is still up for grabs and more upgrades are expected.
The next round is in Valencia in my home country, he concluded. It will be nice to race in front of my fans and I would like to get on the podium again. We will have major updates on the F10 which I hope will allow us to up our performance level. Following on from that, we have further developments in the pipeline which should arrive for England and Germany. The European Grand Prix is simply the ninth round of the championship, not a last-ditch effort for Ferrari, which I heard some people saying.
I dont see how they can say that given that we have not even reached the halfway point of the season and that after Valencia there will still be 10 Grands Prix to go. Ive said it before and Ill say it again now, this is a stage event and the final one of those stages will not come until November in Abu Dhabi. There is still a long way to go and things can change very quickly, going either one way or the other.
Alonso will be back in action in Valencia from June 25.